Swiss canton pushes for mandatory voting

Swiss canton pushes for mandatory voting

Driven by concerns over low turnout, a Swiss political party has proposed mandatory voting in canton Jura. The northwestern region could one day follow the example of Schaffhausen, the only one of Switzerland’s 26...
Swiss nationality request rejected for not repaying welfare

Swiss nationality request rejected for not repaying welfare

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a family of Iraqi and Pakistani origin whose Swiss nationality application was rejected due to non-repayment of social welfare benefits. The family - a 50-year...
No extra funds for underage asylum seekers

No extra funds for underage asylum seekers

Voters in canton Bern have rejected a government proposal to fund a special integration project for juvenile asylum seekers. More than 54% of voters came out against a CHF105 million ($108 million) credit over four...
Centre-right voters hold the key in energy ballot

Centre-right voters hold the key in energy ballot

Support for the government’s energy policy appears to be waning but voters are still likely to approve a phase-out of nuclear power and a boost for local renewable energy combined with increased energy efficiency. A...
Swiss agent suspected of exposing German tax sleuths

Swiss agent suspected of exposing German tax sleuths

The investigation of an alleged Swiss spy apparently involved in an operation to uncover German tax evaders appears to be widening. The suspect was detained last Friday by the German justice authorities. Valentin Landmann, the...
Swiss students will not return to Erasmus+ before 2021

Swiss students will not return to Erasmus+ before 2021

The Swiss cabinet wants to extend an interim solution for international student exchanges by two years when it expires at the end of 2017. But it has not ruled out eventual readmission to Erasmus+,...
Ueli Steck knew he was dicing with death

Ueli Steck knew he was dicing with death

The Swiss are mourning the loss of one of their greatest sports heroes, speed climber Ueli Steck, who died on Sunday in the Himalaya. Steck, dubbed the “Swiss Machine”, was 40 and one of the...
The challenges of branding a Swiss city

The challenges of branding a Swiss city

Is Geneva best known as a hub for international organisations and peace talks, or the role it plays in global corruption and tax scandals? “For much of the world, International Geneva means a lot of...
When Swiss neutrality hurt the Indian freedom struggle

When Swiss neutrality hurt the Indian freedom struggle

A forgotten episode in India’s struggle for Independence is revisited by new books that underline Switzerland’s role as a strategic location for revolutionaries, anarchists and foreign agents. “He is the most dangerous conspirator in or...
Bruno Ganz picks up major big screen honours

Bruno Ganz picks up major big screen honours

It was a big night for Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who won the nation's top acting award and was recognised for his life's work with the Swiss film industry's Honorary Award. In its laudatory as...
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Swiss politician guilty of helping illegal immigrants

The public prosecutor of southern Swiss canton Ticino has found parliamentarian Lisa Bosia Mirra guilty of facilitating the entry of illegal immigrants into the...