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The biggest names from politics, business and civil society descend on Davos for the 48th WEF annual congress

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Vote March 4, 2018 Federal taxes: billions of francs and muted opposition

Swiss voters will have the final say in March on the government’s right to tax its citizens and companies, including value added tax (VAT).

WEF 2018 Fringe players aim to upstage Trump in Davos

WEF's annual meeting is not all about the big name politicians. Fringe events are increasingly giving a platform to the disruptive digital world.

World shapers Trump calls the tune at Davos party

When the WEF assembled in Davos last year, the delegates were in shock following Trump's election. This year the mood is likely to be different.

#WeAreSwissAbroad Eva Witschi: invaluable professional experience in London

Before eventually returning to Switzerland, where she would like to bring up her children, 25-year-old Eva Witschi wants to “have adventures in ...

Presumed consent Organ donation: direct democracy and the law

Two doctors express concern that a Swiss initiative aimed at making everyone a potential organ donor could be a dangerous shortcut to more donations.

Radio and Television Swiss licence fee vote: the demands and potential consequences

On March 4, the Swiss will vote on getting rid of the compulsory radio and television licence fee. What are the arguments and what is at stake? 

Unesco cultural heritage Why the Swiss are experts at predicting avalanches

Can avalanches be managed? An in-depth look at the latest Swiss snow science.