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council of seven How Switzerland chooses new cabinet ministers

The resignation and replacement of a government minister may not be worth more than a shrug of the shoulders in most countries. Not in Switzerland.

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Before the vote is after the vote Why the pension reform vote is not the end of the story


A reform of the country’s old age pension scheme is an important, but only temporary decision, illustrates that direct democracy comes at a price.

Healthy diet Sugar content in food to be reduced further

The interior ministry and the Swiss food industry have agreed to further cut sugar in yogurts and breakfast cereals as part of the official strategy.

Opinion Double ‘yes’ vote will secure our old age


The Pensions 2020 is a balanced package that guarantees our old-age provisions and pensions, says Barbara Gysi.

Opinion Pensions 2020 is a reform in name only


The reform of the old-age and disability pension and the professional pension is not the way to secure pensions for the future, says Petra Gössi.

Rudolf Strahm Top Swiss economist: ‘We have to pull together’ on pension reform

Rudolf Strahm is one of Switzerland’s most reputed economists. Here, he shares his opinion of Pension Reform 2020.

‘Geneva zéro pub’ How Geneva could join the anti-billboard movement

A group of Geneva residents has launched a people’s initiative to ban commercial billboards from the city centre.

Talking business Swiss expats in fighting spirit over banking service

Swiss expatriates are turning up the heat on Swiss institutions to grant discrimination-free access to financial services.

High-price island Swiss border towns to combat ‘shopping tourism’


As Swiss border towns want to form an alliance to put an end to the practice of "shopping tourism", we paid a visit to Kreuzlingen to find out more.

Sustainable mobility Cargo bikes: cheaper, faster, greener

Whether it’s dropping off kids at nursery or goods to customers, cargo bikes are increasingly seen whizzing around Swiss cities.