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World Economic Forum Who’s who at WEF 2020 in Davos?

Many eyes will be on big names like Donald and Greta, but some of the most interesting speakers in Davos may well be the ones you’ve never heard of.

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Vote February 9, 2020

Swiss voters will decide on a proposed reform of the anti-racism law to include homophobia and a proposal to boost social housing.

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Security, criticism and success Ten questions about the World Economic Forum

How much does Switzerland spend on WEF security? How much does it cost to be a WEF partner or member? We answer all your questions.

Opinion ‘We gays don’t need special rights’

Opponents of extending anti-racism legislation to include homophobia argue criminal law is not an instrument of socio-political governance.

Opinion Anti-homophobia reform ‘fills a legislative gap’

The reform of the anti-racism law is key to protecting against incitement to hatred against homosexuals according to gay and lesbian pressure groups.

Didier Queloz ‘With the Nobel Prize, you’ve reached the Olympus of science’

Joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, Didier Queloz talks about waiting for the call from Sweden and how the award has changed his life. 

Animal welfare How well are Swiss animals protected?

Strict welfare legislation makes Switzerland one of the better places to have fur, fins or feathers. Here’s why.

Diplomatic history When Switzerland recognised the new China

Seventy years ago, Switzerland was one of the first Western nations to officially recognise the People’s Republic of China.

Iranian ambassador in Bern Iran: ‘Without Switzerland the situation could be worse’

Without Switzerland’s good offices, the situation in the Persian Gulf could deteriorate, says the Iranian ambassador in Bern.

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Tales from Peru Why Switzerland struggles with dirty gold

With gold prices the highest they’ve been in nearly a decade, the quest for the precious metal is heating up in a remote area of Peru where mining and criminal activities overlap.

Switzerland, the world's hub for gold refining, is watching closely.

Opinion ‘No to an initiative that is dictatorial, costly and not focused on real needs’

The initiative on more social housing is not in keeping with real economic or environmental needs, says Fabio Regazzi.

Opinion ‘Yes to an initiative promoting moderately-priced housing’

The free market in Switzerland has built housing units that remain empty because they are too expensive, says Marina Carobbio Guscetti.