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International humanitarian law ICRC president warns over ‘explosive mix’ of urban conflicts

Peter Maurer, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) takes a look back at 2017, and dares a glimpse into the future. 

Democracy Labs When shopping gets political

Are there other ways of judging how politically involved young people are than looking at voter turnout?

Snapshot What a typical Swiss student is like

There are almost 200,000 university students in Switzerland. What do we know about their backgrounds and how do they get by financially?

Environment report Swiss climate change risks outweigh opportunities

That’s the conclusion of an unprecedented nationwide study examining possible climate change impacts for Switzerland.

Blocher on the EEA vote ‘We were the only ones who cared about Swiss self-determination’

Christoph Blocher speaks to swissinfo.ch about the 1992 vote on EEA membership, his millions, and politics a quarter of a century later.

Bodenmann on the EEA vote ‘The EU has developed better than Switzerland’

Former president of the Social Democrat Party, Peter Bodenmann, talks about the momentous EEA vote, 25 years after the Swiss rejection.

No to EEA, 25 years on A quarter-century of Switzerland’s special status in Europe

Some 25 years before Britons voted to leave the European Union, Swiss people cast their ballot in a similar vote with far-reaching implications.