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Housing market The Swiss are building empty homes in the suburbs

There are enough of them, but in the wrong places – this is the housing market in Switzerland. Photographer Sophie Stieger has documented the paradox.

Social security Pension reform compromise put to consultation

The government has presented plans for a reform of Switzerland's compulsory occupational pension scheme.

This content was published on December 13, 2019 6:59 PM

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Pascale Baeriswyl Business and human rights can go together, says foreign policy boss

Doing business and promoting human rights can and do go “hand in hand”, says Swiss State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Pascale Baeriswyl.

politics What’s the point of a parliament in a direct democracy?

Under direct democracy, where the people have the last word on almost all issues, what does parliament do?

Smoking Swiss government rejects anti-tobacco advert initiative

The cabinet recommends rejecting a people’s initiative aimed at banning tobacco advertising targeting both minors and young adults.

This content was published on December 6, 2019 2:01 PM

Academic study Gaining Swiss citizenship shown to boost earnings

Foreigners who gain Swiss citizenship generally increase their annual earnings by CHF5,000 compared to those who don't get naturalized.

This content was published on December 6, 2019 10:24 AM

Living together Homeless to hip: How Swiss housing cooperatives developed

Many of the cooperatives set up to alleviate the urban housing shortage following the First World War celebrate their 100th anniversary this year.

Explainer How well does the new Swiss asylum system work?

The Swiss asylum policy was streamlined in last March to accelerate the procedure, but critics have raised serious objections.

Safety net  Government plans payments to unemployed over 60

The Swiss government has presented plans for pre-pension payments for older employees who can no longer claim unemployment benefits. 

This content was published on October 30, 2019 4:44 PM

Information technology Swiss aim for European data protection standards

The Swiss government has approved a European agreement on personal data protection in a bid to meet international standards. 

This content was published on October 30, 2019 2:15 PM

Crackdown Police anti-terror raids carried out in three Swiss regions

An operation across three Swiss regions on Tuesday has led to the house searches of 11 people with suspected links to Islamist terror groups.

This content was published on October 29, 2019 11:56 AM