The referendum with probably the most far-reaching consequences of the past two decades is currently keeping Swiss politicians very busy – the Yes vote to the initiative on mass...

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Politics

The panther

Federal Councillor Alain Berset of the Social Democratic Party (SP) has set himself an ambitious goal – he is planning to reform the old-age pension system as this is the only way...

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What were the years 1900 to 1914 like? And is it possible to imagine this epoch of excitement about technology and progress as though the First World War never happened? The...

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Ottmar Hitzfeld will make his last major appearance at football’s World Cup in Brazil. The manager of the Swiss national team is one of the most successful coaches in the world....

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At the start of 2014, Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Davos and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. On...

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The Swiss air force will have to fly into the future without new fighter jets as the Swiss people

rejected the acquisition of 22 Swedish Gripen...

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Politics
08/27/2014

Lessons in democracy

Political education in Switzerland could be better. To mark its centenary, the New Helvetic Society is now

launching a campaign and wants to set up a...

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Culture

Now an editor working in French-speaking Switzerland, I spent my early years as a Swiss abroad, only arriving in Geneva in 1975. I was born in Lesotho...

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While our nation was not directly involved in the First World War with millions of dead and wounded, the events that took place between 1914 and 1918...

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Switzerland was the guest of honour this year at the Leipzig Book Fair, the world’s largest festival of books. Switzerland’s presentation won...

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Two representatives of small Swiss

publishing houses, Jean Richard of “édition d’enbas” in Lausanne and

Madlaina Bundi from “hier + jetzt” in Baden,...

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OSA news
08/27/2014

OSA advice

Shortly after my 70th birthday, I received a demand from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office regarding a mandatory medical examination for my...

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The Swiss abroad can participate in elections and referenda in Switzerland provided they are registered on an electoral roll in Switzerland. Swiss...

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From August 15 to 17, 2014, the Congress of the Swiss Abroad will take place in Baden. This meeting will be the perfect opportunity for Swiss Abroad...

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This year’s Congress of the Swiss Abroad in Baden will focus on the theme of “information technology and social media: opportunities for the Swiss...

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