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The century-old fight over an hour of daylight

24 March 2017 | 0 comments

Whether to "spring forward“ or "fall back“, people in Switzerland – and many other parts of the world – either rejoice or despair in the twice-yearly time change. A look into the history books shows it’s...

Bruno Ganz honoured for his big screen contributions

24 March 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss actor Bruno Ganz has been recognised for his life's work with the Honorary Award by the Swiss film industry.In its laudatory as part of the Swiss Film Award ceremony on Friday, Ganz was praised...

Man fined for running down the motorway after his car

24 March 2017 | 0 comments

A man has been given a suspended fine of CHF1,500 ($1,515) after he ran across a Swiss motorway in pursuit of his runaway car. The Neuchâtel public prosecutor, who had sought a harsher punishment, had...

Switzerland probes Turkish ‘political espionage’

24 March 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss Attorney General’s office has opened criminal proceedings into allegations of political espionage surrounding the Turkish community in Switzerland. The move comes amid a political spat between...

Swiss watchmakers play long game as smartwatch sales slow

24 March 2017 | 0 comments

With his shaved head, black shirt and relentless optimism, Jean-Claude Biver looks as if he might own a US west coast tech start-up. In fact, Mr Biver is at the forefront of the Swiss watch industry's...

Credit Suisse bonuses rise as losses mount

24 March 2017 | 0 comments

The bank Credit Suisse increased bonuses by 6% in 2016 as further litigation costs ramped up full year losses to CHF2.7 billion ($2.7 billion). Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam received CHF11.9 million for...

Migrants at risk of drug-resistant TB in Europe

24 March 2017 | 0 comments

In the late 19th century, an estimated one in seven Europeans was dying of tuberculosis,

Fragile but resilient EU marks low-key anniversary

24 March 2017 | 0 comments

Six decades after the signing of its founding treaty, the European Union appears more fragile than ever. But a Swiss who studies European integration puts things in perspective.Few people were excited...

Train disruption throws daily life off track

24 March 2017 | 0 comments

Under what passes for normal in Switzerland – highly precise and efficient transport – more than 90,000 people a day typically hurtle over the tracks in Lucerne, making it the nation’s sixth-busiest rail...

Fewer trucks cross the Alps

24 March 2017 | 0 comments

The number of lorries crossing the Alps has dropped below one million for the first time in more than 20 years. Although the total fell by 3.4% last year to 975,000, the target of 650,000 by 2018 – enshrined...

Footloose billionaires head to Switzerland

23 March 2017 | 0 comments

High quality of life and low taxes continue to lure the richest people in the world to Switzerland, now home to the second-highest number of foreign-born billionaires in the world.Chinese-based media group...

Surf’s up in Thun, temperature’s down

23 March 2017 | 0 comments

The surf season has already opened in Thun, canton Bern – despite rain and temperatures of only six degrees Celsius (42.8 Fahrenheit). Surfers and kayakers have been braving the conditions on the River...

Turkish foreign minister to visit Bern

23 March 2017 | 0 comments

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu is due to meet his Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter on Thursday. He also plans to meet members of local Turkish community.Details of the visit remain unclear....

Cloudy with a chance of enlightenment

23 March 2017 | 0 comments

“Understanding Clouds” is the theme of World Meteorological Day, marked on Thursday, to highlight the importance of clouds for weather climate and water. Clouds are central to weather observations and...

Vevey winemakers’ festival takes shape

22 March 2017 | 0 comments

The ‘Fête des Vignerons’ – a unique winemakers’ festival that takes place every 20 years in the Swiss town of Vevey – is slowly gearing up for its 2019 edition. On Wednesday, the organisers presented their...

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