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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.

Press Private media sound alarm bells over subsidies 

Swiss newspaper publishers warn of a drastic drop in the number print titles over the next few years if they don’t receive more state subsidies.

This content was published on January 8, 2020 3:31 PM

Living costs Swiss rents fall but property prices increase in 2019

Rents in Switzerland fell by an average of 0.5% last year but some regions bucked the trend. 

This content was published on January 7, 2020 3:43 PM

Urban development A new skyline for Basel

In some cities in Switzerland, population growth and scarce building land are causing houses to reach for the skies.  Switzerland experienced its ...

Vote February 9, 2020 Do the Swiss need at least 10% social housing?

Voters are divided over a proposal to promote housing owned by non-profit groups, and whether it helps curb speculation. 

New laws How to keep legally afloat in 2020

Various new or tweaked Swiss laws entered into force on January 1, including how much alcohol can be drunk by the skipper of a rubber dinghy.

Health Swiss to register all cancer cases from 2020

Starting on January 1, all cancer cases in Switzerland must be registered.

This content was published on December 27, 2019 10:48 AM

Housing market The Swiss are building empty homes in the suburbs

There are enough of them, but in the wrong places – this is the housing market in Switzerland. Photographer Sophie Stieger has documented the paradox.

Development cooperation First woman appointed head of Swiss development agency

The government has appointed Patricia Danzi as director general of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. 

This content was published on December 13, 2019 5:10 PM

Pascale Baeriswyl Business and human rights can go together, says foreign policy boss

Doing business and promoting human rights can and do go “hand in hand”, says Swiss State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Pascale Baeriswyl.

politics What’s the point of a parliament in a direct democracy?

Under direct democracy, where the people have the last word on almost all issues, what does parliament do?

Smoking Swiss government rejects anti-tobacco advert initiative

The cabinet recommends rejecting a people’s initiative aimed at banning tobacco advertising targeting both minors and young adults.

This content was published on December 6, 2019 2:01 PM