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Spying affair Has ‘Crypto Leaks’ exposed Swiss neutrality as a sham?

Swiss politicians, historians and the media are debating the possible consequences of the latest spying scandal for the country’s credibility. 

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Social assistance Welfare payments in 2018 averaged CHF10,379 per person

Net expenditure on social assistance in Switzerland increased by 1.3% in 2018 compared with the previous year to CHF8.4 billion.

This content was published on February 11, 2020 3:24 PM

Press review Swiss anti-gay discrimination vote sends ‘strong signal’

The Swiss press have largely welcomed voters’ broad support to closing a loophole in lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) rights.

This content was published on February 10, 2020 9:53 AM

Factory farming Swiss government gives animal welfare a boost

The government wants enshrine animal dignity in the Swiss constitution, but it has come out against a more detailed initiative by rights groups. 

This content was published on January 29, 2020 3:36 PM

Vote February 9, 2020 Support for social housing collapses, anti-homophobia reform remains solid

A proposal to combat real estate speculation is unlikely to win a majority in a vote on February 9, according to pollsters. 

This content was published on January 29, 2020 6:00 AM

Opinion ‘No to an initiative that is dictatorial, costly and not focused on real needs’

The initiative on more social housing is not in keeping with real economic or environmental needs, says Fabio Regazzi.

Opinion ‘Yes to an initiative promoting moderately-priced housing’

The free market in Switzerland has built housing units that remain empty because they are too expensive, says Marina Carobbio Guscetti.

Press Private media sound alarm bells over subsidies 

Swiss newspaper publishers warn of a drastic drop in the number print titles over the next few years if they don’t receive more state subsidies.

This content was published on January 8, 2020 3:31 PM

Living costs Swiss rents fall but property prices increase in 2019

Rents in Switzerland fell by an average of 0.5% last year but some regions bucked the trend. 

This content was published on January 7, 2020 3:43 PM

Urban development A new skyline for Basel

In some cities in Switzerland, population growth and scarce building land are causing houses to reach for the skies.  Switzerland experienced its ...

Vote February 9, 2020 Do the Swiss need at least 10% social housing?

Voters are divided over a proposal to promote housing owned by non-profit groups, and whether it helps curb speculation. 

New laws How to keep legally afloat in 2020

Various new or tweaked Swiss laws entered into force on January 1, including how much alcohol can be drunk by the skipper of a rubber dinghy.