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International trade WTO members agree on temporary body to settle disputes

World Trade Organization members, including Switzerland, the EU and China, have agreed on a temporary fix to break the appeals system gridlock.

This content was published on January 24, 2020 2:33 PM

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EU relations Swiss president upbeat after EU meeting in Davos

Rotating Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga says her first meeting with the President of the European Commission was constructive.

This content was published on January 20, 2020 6:05 PM

Iranian ambassador in Bern Iran: ‘Without Switzerland the situation could be worse’

Without Switzerland’s good offices, the situation in the Persian Gulf could deteriorate, says the Iranian ambassador in Bern.

direct democracy Government proposes automatic referendums for international pacts

​​​​​​​The government plans to enshrine an automatic constitutional clause giving voters a say on the signing of certain international treaties.

This content was published on January 15, 2020 2:27 PM

US-Iran crisis Who is Trump’s Swiss postman in Tehran?

With the US and Iran this week on the verge of war, they exchanged messages via the Swiss embassy in Tehran, headed by Ambassador Markus Leitner.

WEF Trump to attend World Economic Forum in Switzerland

US President Donald Trump plans to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos this month. 

This content was published on January 9, 2020 10:10 AM

Migration Swiss campaigners urge action over Mediterranean deaths

Swiss campaign groups have handed a petition calling for urgent measures “to stop refugee deaths in the Mediterranean Sea”.

This content was published on January 7, 2020 5:02 PM

Good offices How ‘messenger’ Switzerland deals with the US and Iran

As tensions rise between the United States and Iran, Switzerland’s role as intermediary between the two countries has returned to the spotlight.

International trade WTO faces uncertain future after appeals court shuts down

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is in crisis after the collapse of its appeals court this month following heavy pressure from the United States. 

Diplomatic row Swiss embassy worker arrested in Sri Lanka

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a local employee of the Swiss embassy in Colombo, accusing her of “fabricating false evidence” relating to a ...

This content was published on December 16, 2019 3:56 PM

Global Refugee Forum Landmark forum seeks ‘better answers’ to refugee response

The first-ever “Global Refugee Forum” opens in Geneva on Monday to identify practical solutions to improve the lives of refugees and host communities.