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Law change Switzerland labels homophobia a criminal offence

The Swiss parliament has extended the scope of anti-racism laws to include discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Money for nothing Unconditional Swiss income experiment fails to get funding

A programme that would have paid Swiss villagers CHF2,500 a month in unconditional basic income has failed to raise sufficient funding.

This content was published on December 4, 2018 4:37 PM

Healthcare Home-care services increase, nursing home stays stagnate

Better at home than in a home: almost 350,000 people made use of assistance and home-care services (Spitex) last year, 10,000 more than in 2016.

This content was published on November 15, 2018 2:53 PM

Death by choice The global fight for assisted suicide

Swiss right-to-die organisations are politically and legally active abroad in a drive to legalise assisted suicide worldwide.

Vote November 25 Topsy-turvy campaigning styles enliven controversial vote

The political right has surprised many with unusually plain and sober ad designs ahead of the vote about the "Swiss law first" initiative.

Vote November 25 Social sleuths to snoop on Swiss Abroad too?

Surveillance of social insurance clients abroad may take place only if provided for by international treaties, according to the Swiss authorities.

Mitenand movement The pioneers of a more open migration policy

Forty years ago, 3,000 people gathered on Parliament Square, demanding a more humane policy towards foreigners based on equal rights.

Vote November 25, 2018 Big Brother on the doorstep?

Voters will decide on a new law aimed at cracking down on suspected welfare fraudsters in Switzerland.

Vote November 25, 2018 ‘Swiss first’ principle could cause upset at ballot box

A proposal to put the Swiss constitution above international law and the promotion of cows with horns could win a majority in next month’s vote.

Multinational principles Swiss government gives green light for UN migration accord

UN global migration guidelines have won the approval of the Swiss government despite opposition by rightwing parties.

This content was published on October 10, 2018 12:27 PM

Initiative proposed Unions lend weight to fight against corporate tax reforms

Trade unions and leftwing political parties are challenging a corporate tax reform, approved by parliament in September, to a nationwide vote.

This content was published on October 6, 2018 3:54 PM

Emerging world power Switzerland ponders response to China’s expansion

Bern is under mounting pressure to stand up to China as Switzerland enhances ties with the world power.