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The Scotland-Switzerland similarities

September 17, 2014, 3 Comments

Scotland is everywhere at the moment in Switzerland, and not just on the news.

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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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Anti-immigration SVP poster campaign

Decision time in Switzerland (again)

January 15, 2014, 8 Comments

This week ballot papers are landing in post boxes all across Switzerland. That’s right: it’s referendum time. Again.

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Should the price of books be fixed?

February 15, 2012, 12 Comments

Cartels, fixed prices, less competition, consumer loses out. It may sound like something from the Seventies

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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, 5 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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