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Taking back control How to reconcile direct democracy and international law

As Switzerland continues to debate whether to privilege national or international law, we give a run-down of other options to settle the wrangle.

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A tale of two countries ‘You’re Swiss? Stockholm is so beautiful…’

A botched flag-flying attempt this week raised confusion between Switzerland and Sweden. We asked readers why the two are often mistaken.

EU negotiations Would the Swiss model suit a post-Brexit Britain?

After British voters' decision to leave the EU, should post-Brexit negotiations be based on Switzerland’s bilateral treaties with Brussels?

Conference on Disarmament Can the Swiss help revitalise nuclear talks?

Switzerland is taking over the presidency of the world's main multilateral forum for nuclear disarmament, which has been deadlocked for two decades.

Disarmament Why Switzerland hasn’t (yet) signed the treaty banning nuclear weapons

Switzerland has not yet signed or ratified the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, adopted by the United Nations last summer.

framework agreement Swiss-EU disputes could go to ‘arbitration court’, says government

The Federal Council has declared a willingness to accept a special arbitration court to settle legal disputes arising from Swiss-EU relations.

Switzerland and Nigeria Is the Abacha accord a model for returning ‘dictator funds’?

Switzerland is cleaning up its image as a haven for “dirty money”, but NGOs have concerns about a recent agreement to return assets to Nigeria.