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The Swiss boat is full

February 10, 2014, 38 Comments

Einstein, Nestlé, Hayek, Maggi. None of them was born Swiss. Even Switzerland’s newest Olympic gold medallist, Dario Cologna, was initially Italian

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A tale of two citizenships

May 9, 2012, 21 Comments

33 days. That’s how long it took for Michele Bachmann to become Swiss, via her husband.

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Habemus Bundesrat! A new Swiss government.

December 15, 2011, 1 Comment

In Britain we say that the first sign of old age is the policemen start to look young. In Switzerland I’m sure...

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Electing a new Swiss government

December 13, 2011, 1 Comment

Tomorrow is election day in Switzerland. Again. But this one is special because it will produce a new government (finally).

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Swiss elections: the final stage

December 4, 2011, 3 Comments

Switzerland swings to the left! Now that the last results of the Swiss parliamentary elections are in the final picture is clear...

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Swiss elections: what happens next?

October 27, 2011, 4 Comments

Now that the last seat in the National Council has been filled (see below), attention switches to the Council of States.

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Swiss election results: xenophobia 0 commonsense 1

October 24, 2011, 31 Comments

Swiss politics became the ultimate soufflé yesterday: full of hot air and with the middle rising nicely.

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The Swiss election campaign is underway

September 23, 2011, No comments

Election posters went up today all over Bern, and no doubt elsewhere across Switzerland.

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Richard Gere wins – but only just

March 6, 2011, 1 Comment

Three weeks ago he had a clear lead. Today that was cut to just a few thousand but it was still enough...

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Beauty vs the beast in Bern

March 2, 2011, 7 Comments

This Sunday there’s a by-election in Canton Bern that wouldn’t normally get too much coverage, even in a country that lives, eats...

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