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Iranian ambassador in Bern Iran: ‘Without Switzerland the situation could be worse’

Without Switzerland’s good offices, the situation in the Persian Gulf could deteriorate, says the Iranian ambassador in Bern.

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direct democracy Government proposes automatic referendums for international pacts

​​​​​​​The government plans to enshrine an automatic constitutional clause giving voters a say on the signing of certain international treaties.

This content was published on January 15, 2020 2:27 PM

US-Iran crisis Who is Trump’s Swiss postman in Tehran?

With the US and Iran this week on the verge of war, they exchanged messages via the Swiss embassy in Tehran, headed by Ambassador Markus Leitner.

WEF Trump to attend World Economic Forum in Switzerland

US President Donald Trump plans to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos this month. 

This content was published on January 9, 2020 10:10 AM

Migration Swiss campaigners urge action over Mediterranean deaths

Swiss campaign groups have handed a petition calling for urgent measures “to stop refugee deaths in the Mediterranean Sea”.

This content was published on January 7, 2020 5:02 PM

Good offices How ‘messenger’ Switzerland deals with the US and Iran

As tensions rise between the United States and Iran, Switzerland’s role as intermediary between the two countries has returned to the spotlight.

International trade WTO faces uncertain future after appeals court shuts down

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is in crisis after the collapse of its appeals court this month following heavy pressure from the United States. 

Diplomatic row Swiss embassy worker arrested in Sri Lanka

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a local employee of the Swiss embassy in Colombo, accusing her of “fabricating false evidence” relating to a ...

This content was published on December 16, 2019 3:56 PM

Global Refugee Forum Landmark forum seeks ‘better answers’ to refugee response

The first-ever “Global Refugee Forum” opens in Geneva on Monday to identify practical solutions to improve the lives of refugees and host communities.

Investigation Kidnapped Swiss embassy worker in Sri Lanka still unfit for questioning

The employee, who was temporarily abducted and threatened by unknown men on Monday, is still unavailable for questioning.

This content was published on November 30, 2019 11:02 AM

foreign affairs Switzerland joins calls demanding closure of Uighur camps

Switzerland has called on China to close internment camps in Xinjiang where at least a million ethnic minority Muslims are reportedly being held.

This content was published on November 27, 2019 10:08 AM

Swiss-EU relations Former Swiss diplomat proposes interim deal with EU

Switzerland and the EU should sign an interim agreement to try to save the stalled framework partnership accord, says a former Swiss diplomat.

This content was published on November 25, 2019 9:58 AM