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Thirty years of Swiss summer time

March 28, 2011, 3 Comments

Summer time! At the end of March the clocks in Switzerland (and across the European Union) all leap forward one hour.

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Today is Hug Helvetia Day!

February 7, 2011, 7 Comments

One of the best things about living in Bern is Kinomontag, literally ‘cinema Monday’, when all the cinemas in town are cheap....

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News flash – Fear 1:0 Hope

November 28, 2010, 6 Comments

In the end it wasn’t even close. The SVP spent its millions on racist posters to promote its politics of fear, and...

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Is today a good day for the real Switzerland?

November 28, 2010, 3 Comments

A year and one day ago the Swiss shocked the world, and themselves, by voting in favour of banning new minarets. Today they...

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Is Switzerland the black sheep of Europe?

November 17, 2010, 10 Comments

Racism and xenophobia are alive and kicking in Switzerland, as this poster clearly shows. That black-sheep advert first appeared during the general election campaign...

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All you need to know about Switzerland: referendum

December 9, 2009, 4 Comments

Ask the audience! That’s pretty much how the Swiss political system works. Everything is subject to approval by the electorate – and...

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Is democracy always good?

December 9, 2009, 8 Comments

So the question everyone’s been asking is not ‘Did you vote yes?’ but ‘Did you vote?’. In Swiss terms the turnout was...

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