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Swiss students, politicians work towards university access for refugees

22 February 2018 | 0 comments

Lack of information and money are keeping qualified refugees in Switzerland from studying at universities and launching careers. So says the Swiss Students’ Association, which has created a new information...

Trump's nominee to lead UN agency rejects anti-Muslim charge

22 February 2018 | 0 comments

President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to lead the United Nations migration agency dismissed allegations of anti-Muslim bias on Thursday, telling AFP he "never" considers the faith of those in...

Swiss hotel bookings on a high note

22 February 2018 | 0 comments

After several difficult years, the Swiss hotel industry is recovering. There were 37.4 million overnight stays in 2017 – 5.2% more than in the previous year and nearly as many as the record years of 1990...

How the UN pushed to make business more responsible

22 February 2018 | 0 comments

For over 50 years, the United Nations has been urging companies to be more respectful of human rights. Political scientist Gilles Carbonnier examines the key UN processes and milestones in the slow acceptance...

Bringing Swiss order to initial coin offerings

22 February 2018 | 0 comments

Switzerland, as a financial centre, has a double reputation. On the one hand, clockwork: practical, competent, reliable. On the other, chocolate: indulgent and dark.The country’s private banks are still...

Greek MPs launch probe into Novartis scandal

22 February 2018 | 0 comments

Greece's parliament on Thursday launched a probe into claims that nearly a dozen senior politicians received bribes from or helped promote Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis during their term in office.After...

Swiss government wants old banknotes to be valid indefinitely

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

The deadline of 20 years to exchange recalled banknotes should be abolished, the Federal Council suggested on Wednesday. The current system, which was introduced in 1921, operates under the assumption...

1968: the kick-off of sexual equality

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

Zurich Women’s Football Club (Damenfussballclub Zurich, DFCZ) was founded on February 21, 1968 – the first officially recognised women’s football club in Switzerland.Ladies had been getting together for...

Legal complaint against PostBus will not be pursued

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

The Office of the Attorney General’s and the public prosecutor of the Canton of Bern have declared that they do not have the competence to investigate the revelations of illegal subsidies in the ongoing...

Spain court orders arrest of self-exiled Catalan separatist

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

A Spanish court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant valid only in Spain for a former Catalan MP who is in self-imposed exile in Switzerland to avoid jail while she is investigated over her role in the...

Clean bill of health for Swiss sex-ed system

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

The Federal Council adopted on Wednesday an independent report stating that Switzerland’s sex education system is up to international standards in teaching youth about the biological and psychological...

2018, a year of important Swiss anniversaries

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

What do Céline Dion, Switzerland’s fourth national language Romansh and Swiss television all have in common?10 years ago: Switzerland and Austria were the hosts of the 2008 European Football Championships....

Glencore quadruples profits in 2017

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

Mining giant Glencore reported bumper 2017 profits on Wednesday and announced a higher-than-expected dividend payout, as the Swiss-based company benefits from rebounding commodities prices. Glencore said...

Is adoption in Switzerland on its way out?

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

The boom days of adopting children from abroad are over – nowadays hardly anyone is adopting in Switzerland. There are several reasons for this.The airplane was full of children, Elena, Tom and Rhea (all...

Support wanes for abolition of public broadcast fee

21 February 2018 | 0 comments

A proposal to scrap the mandatory licence fee for services of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has lost more ground, according to a major opinion poll.The survey, published on Wednesday ahead of...



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