Sci & Tech
Two years on, how has Covid marked Swiss democracy?
In spring 2020, democracy took a hit when health measures also meant the curtailing of political rights.
President thanks Swiss Abroad ahead of national day
Swiss emigrants and their families “build bridges and forge new paths”, says Ignazio Cassis in his August 1 speech.
How a strike threat reshaped Swiss democracy
The general strike called in Olten in 1918 was like an earthquake for Swiss politics.
Russia has passed ‘100 new laws’ restricting press freedom
Galina Timchenko, the Russian-Ukrainian editor-in-chief of meduza.io, still writes about what Russian media can no longer publish due to censorship.
How popular votes made Switzerland a global democracy leader
The latest in our 'Swiss democracy hotspots' series: Schaffhausen, a canton with an almost unbelievable voting record.
Ukrainian students adjust to life in Switzerland
The Lucerne School of Art and Design has taken in 29 Ukrainian students – as exchange students rather than refugees.
The Swiss constitution – a mix of democracy and federalism
The first version of the Swiss constitution was a breakthrough on the road to democratisation. But it was far from perfect.
Paolo Berizzi, an Italian journalist living under 24-hour police protection
Paolo Berizzi of La Repubblica newspaper has been under round-the-clock police protection for three years.
Swiss voters say ‘yes’ to new organ donation model
Some 60% of Swiss voters have accepted a reform to the transplantation law aiming to boost organ donation rates.
How canton Ticino became a democracy pioneer in Europe
Canton Ticino is today a popular tourist destination. Back in July 1830 it was the scene of the first liberal revolution in Europe.
How parliamentary elections work in Switzerland
Every four years voters in Switzerland elect politicians to represent them in the Swiss capital, Bern. This is how the Swiss parliament is structured.
How China infiltrates Switzerland
A documentary by Swiss public television, RTS, looks at how China has been infiltrating Switzerland and exerting its power on Swiss territory.
Patricia Danzi, the former Olympic athlete who heads the Swiss development agency
A portrait of Patricia Danzi, the first female head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
Swiss government sanctions u-turn
Neutral Switzerland followed the European Union (EU) on Monday in sanctioning Russia.
Ukrainians in Switzerland express their fears
The situation in Ukraine is coming to a dramatic head. What do Ukrainians in Switzerland think about it?
Swiss vote on animal testing ban
On February 13, the Swiss will vote for the fourth time on whether to ban animal testing.
Education projects supported by Swiss Solidarity in Senegal
The Swiss charity finances several local NGO projects focused on children's education in Senegal.
‘Freedom of expression is under pressure even in Switzerland’
Investigative journalist Marie Maurisse warns about attempts by the powerful to stop the publication of compromising information.
Swiss Covid law receives public backing
A majority of Swiss voters have endorsed the government’s coronavirus policy in a controversial nationwide ballot.
Walking a tightrope as a democracy advocate in Thailand
A law banning criticism of the monarchy is a major block to freedom of expression in Thailand, says journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk.
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