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Demand for fair-trade goods hits record

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

Swiss consumers spend CHF80 ($81.40) a year on fair-trade products, with fruit making up a quarter of that amount.In 2016 the Swiss spent a total of CHF664.8 million on fair-trade products – 16% up on...

Are the Swiss prepared for driverless cars?

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

The idea that one day autonomous cars could be whizzing along Swiss streets makes many Swiss uneasy, a study has found. That said, the elderly and people who do work on public transport express an interest...

Juncker visit expected to help normalise Swiss-EU relations

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due in Switzerland on Thursday for a visit expected to help get bilateral ties back on track. These were strained following a Swiss vote in 2014 to...

Anti-piracy law targets providers, not consumers

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss government wants to crack down on providers of pirated content over the internet while ensuring that consumers of such offers would continue to go unpunished.Presenting a proposed amendment to...

WTO to hear Qatar's complaint against UAE over blockade

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

The World Trade Organization agreed Wednesday to hear Qatar's complaint against the United Arab Emirates over a five-month old blockade that has triggered a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf. Qatar turned...

Clean-up finally underway at mercury pollution site

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

Workers have started excavating mercury-contaminated soil from gardens and private land in the small Swiss town of Raron. Mercury waste was discharged by the local chemical firm Lonza into a nearby canal...

Mladic verdict a 'momentous victory for justice': UN

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

The genocide conviction of Ratko Mladic is a "momentous victory for justice", the United Nations said Wednesday, calling the former Bosnian Serbian commander "the epitome of evil.""Today's verdict is...

Are Swiss politics behind its high competitiveness?

22 November 2017 | 0 comments

Switzerland maintains enviable economic conditions and consistently tops global competitiveness rankings. How much of this is down to its system of government?Swisseconomic success is easy to quantify...

Just one password? Swiss groups plan single online identity

21 November 2017 | 0 comments

Swiss consumers will be able to use a single digital identity to buy online products and services under a project unveiled on Tuesday by nine big companies.The aim is to let people use just one login profile...

President wants more digital risk-taking

21 November 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss government wants to defend its good starting position in the race for the digital future. Communications Minister Doris Leuthard has thus called on researchers to be more venturesome regarding...

Swiss whistleblowing culture still in infancy

21 November 2017 | 0 comments

The protective veil of Swiss banking secrecy was famously dealt a fatal blow by the testimony of a handful of whistleblowers in recent years. But it appears that the culture of whistleblowing on corrupt...

UN warns Sudan over call to send Darfur displaced home

21 November 2017 | 0 comments

The United Nations said Tuesday that Sudan had to disarm militias in Darfur before those displaced by the conflict could return home, rebutting a push by President Omar al-Bashir to close the camps.Bashir,...

How politicians would deal with Islamic fundamentalists

21 November 2017 | 0 comments

Switzerland’s political parties differ in their approaches to coping with Islamic fundamentalism. Some focus on anti-terror, others on integration.The four largest political parties suggest the following...

What do the Swiss spend their money on?

21 November 2017 | 0 comments

The Swiss had an average net household disposable income in 2015 of CHF6,957 ($7,007) a month, the Federal Statistical Office has reported. Every month, around CHF560 was spent on leisure and cultural...

Lakes could be significant producers of methane

21 November 2017 | 0 comments

Lakes and freshwater systems account for over 20% of all methane emissions into the atmosphere – much more than previously estimated, according to scientists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE).Until recently,...



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