About: Switzerland

Politics 26-06-2017

Cyprus leaders under pressure to strike peace deal

Rival Cypriot leaders at a make-or-break summit in Switzerland this week will come under pressure to finally seal an elusive peace deal for their divided island or face the consequences.

Climate change 22-05-2017

Swiss vote for renewable energy boost, ban on new nuclear plants

Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum yesterday (21 May).

Euro & Finance 14-02-2017

Will Switzerland end up on Brussels’ tax havens blacklist?

The ‘No’ vote in the Swiss referendum on tax reform was a big defeat for the government. Pressure from trading partners and big businesses will force Bern to come up with a new proposal, and fast. Euractiv’s partner La Tribune reports.

Euro & Finance 13-02-2017

Swiss voters soundly reject corporate tax overhaul

Swiss voters clearly rejected plans to overhaul the corporate tax system yesterday (12 February), sending the government back to the drawing board as it tries to abolish ultra-low tax rates for thousands of multinational companies without triggering a mass exodus.

Brexit 08-02-2017

Knowledge: A Swiss Army knife for Brexit?

The Swiss and British referendums of 2014 and 2016, respectively, share some parallels. The way the Alpine republic resolved its dispute about free movement offers a number of lessons as the date for making Brexit official looms ever nearer, writes Giorgio Clarotti.

Euro & Finance 06-02-2017

Croatia’s central bank chief suspected of conflict of interest

A Croatian government watchdog is to assess if central bank governor Boris Vujčić allowed a conflict of interest by several times attending an economic conference sponsored by the owner of Croatia's biggest commercial bank.

Brexit 30-01-2017

UK agrees ‘immediate’ post-Brexit talks with US, leaving EU high and dry

US President Donald Trump has agreed to start immediate trade talks with Britain with the goal of preserving current arrangements when it leaves the European Union, Downing Street said Saturday (28 January), setting the UK on a collision course with its EU commitments.

Global Europe 20-01-2017

World Economic Forum: Full coverage from Davos

Between 17 and 20 January, the Swiss mountain village of Davos hosted the World Economic Forum. After a hugely tumultuous year,  EURACTIV.com was on-site to provide all the latest developments.

Global Europe 12-01-2017

WEF chief: Globalisation ‘easy scapegoat’ for global angst

The man behind the annual Davos forum that for decades has been singing the praises of global trade insists that globalisation is only one factor in dramatic shifts provoking angst and anger.

Global Europe 12-01-2017

Guterres, Juncker head to Geneva for Cyprus talks

New UN chief Antonio Guterres will attend talks in Geneva today (12 January) aimed at ending decades of stalemate in a divided Cyprus, in his first foreign trip since taking office on 1 January. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will also be there.

Future EU 11-01-2017

Schulz to bid farewell to EU stage in Davos

Martin Schulz confirmed that he will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos next week (17-20 January), where he will address the global elite hours after he steps down as European Parliament president.

10-01-2017

European court: Swiss Muslim girls must take swimming classes with boys

Muslim parents in Switzerland cannot refuse to send their daughters to mixed school-run swimming lessons, Europe's rights top court ruled Tuesday (10 January), responding to a challenge by a Turkish-Swiss couple who argued the classes violated their beliefs.

Enlargement 09-01-2017

Cyprus future in the balance as new peace talks begin

Rival Cypriot leaders resumed UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva today (9 January), billed as a historic opportunity to end decades of conflict on the divided island, but the outcome is far from certain.

Public Affairs 04-01-2017

Does corruption threaten Europe?

Current debate rarely attributes the rise of populism in European politics to the perceived prevalence of corruption. Yet public opinion often shows that citizens believe their representatives to be corrupt, write Laurence Cockcroft and Anne-Christine Wegener.

Brexit 02-01-2017

Swiss favour close EU ties over immigration curbs, poll finds

Swiss voters would rather maintain close economic ties with the European Union than adopt immigration curbs that could jeopardise Switzerland's access to the EU single market, a survey published on Sunday (1 January) showed.

Security 23-12-2016

Connecting unrelated events is a side effect of terrorism

The Berlin Christmas market attack, the assassination of Russia’s ambassador in Ankara and the Zurich Mosque killing. While none of these events are related, international media and Donald Trump have not hesitated to connect them, writes Dr. Marta Dominguez Diaz.

Global Europe 23-12-2016

Juncker hails progress in EU-Swiss relations after immigration law

The European Commission on Thursday (22 December) welcomed progress in relations between the EU and Switzerland after Bern avoided a clash with Brussels by passing an immigration law that does not impose outright quotas.

Global Europe 16-12-2016

The Brief: European Parliament, bring out your dead!

When Europe was in the grips of the Black Death, men would pull carts through stricken villages, ringing a bell and crying, “Bring out your dead!”

Swiss parliament errs on side of caution in EU immigration dispute

Switzerland approved a law today (16 December) aimed at curbing immigration by giving local people the first crack at open jobs, skirting voter demands for outright quotas that the country's lawmakers feared could disrupt close ties with the European Union.

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Energy 30-11-2016

Nuclear referendum fails to mollify Swiss energy debate

Given the polarisation of the debate and high share of undecided respondents, it comes as no surprise that politicians went back into campaigning mode after the nuclear referendum in Switzerland on Sunday (27 November), write Rolf Wüstenhagen and Adrian Rinscheid.

Dutch MPs approve partial ban on burka

Dutch MPs yesterday (29 November) voted overwhelmingly to ban the Islamic full-face burka from some public places such as schools and hospitals, the latest such move in a European country.

Swiss to tackle new EU treaty in 2017 amid right-wing resistance

The Swiss government plans to send parliament next year a broad new treaty with the European Union to replace a patchwork of bilateral deals now under strain from immigration, it said on Tuesday (29 November), but it faces stiff right-wing resistance.

Development Policy 14-11-2016

Development NGO: Rich countries gaming tax avoidance blacklist

Europe is pushing new legislation to fight tax avoidance and tax evasion. But these initiatives are not always helpful for developing countries, which are struggling to improve their tax systems, Tove Ryding told EURACTIV.com

Euro & Finance 09-11-2016

Member states play politics with tax havens blacklist

The EU's tax haven blacklist is due to be finalised by the end of 2017. But the inclusion of countries with zero tax rates has divided member states. EURACTIV France reports.