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Presumed consent Organ donation: direct democracy and the law

Two doctors express concern that a Swiss initiative aimed at making everyone a potential organ donor could be a dangerous shortcut to more donations.

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Bottlenecks Plans presented to improve Swiss road network

The government has outlined its proposals to improve Switzerland's national roads.

Transplantation Organ donations increasing but still insufficient

A record number of organs from deceased donors were transplanted in Switzerland in 2017, but the country is set to miss its target this year, says ...

Points of view Government minister calls for media quality and diversity

Communications Minister Doris Leuthard has made a strong case for media diversity in Switzerland to bolster the country’s democracy. In a ...

Initiative withdrawn Domestic banking secrecy will not go to a nationwide vote

A proposal to enshrine banking secrecy for Swiss residents in the country’s constitution has been formally withdrawn.

Biel/Bienne Swiss watchmaking city tries to shed gritty reputation

Home to watchmaking giants Rolex and Swatch, the city of Biel struggles to attract newcomers due to a reputation for financial and cultural poverty.

Counter-proposal Government rejects Swiss ‘burka ban’ initiative

Instead it wants to crack down on people forcing others to wear face-covering headgear.

Political drift Polarisation of Swiss parliament continues

The left and right wings in the Swiss parliament are moving further apart with politicians increasingly sticking to the party line.

Moorland initiative When an unusual alliance made Swiss voting history

Thirty years ago, voters caused a major upset when they backed an initiative to protect Swiss moorlands dealing a blow to the political establishment.

No to EEA, 25 years on A quarter-century of Switzerland’s special status in Europe

Some 25 years before Britons voted to leave the European Union, Swiss people cast their ballot in a similar vote with far-reaching implications.

radicalisation Switzerland releases national plan to combat violent extremism

The Swiss government has unveiled an action plan aimed at preventing radicalisation and extremism. Measures focus on early warning and training.

Attracting new residents Albinen cash incentive given green light

The residents of the Alpine village of Albinen have approved plans to attract newcomers by offering them CHF25,000 ($25,400) under certain conditions.