Flags with the logo and the World Cup 2018 mascot Zabivaka are seen in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow on June 30, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Read FP’s Coverage of the 2018 World Cup

War is politics by other means — and so is the World Cup.

Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the 2018 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland at Kaliningrad Stadium on June 22. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

For Serbs, Switzerland Isn’t Neutral

Serbia’s nationalist soccer fans hoped to restore their national pride by beating a Swiss team led by Kosovar stars. Instead, the Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri handed them a humiliating defeat.

U.N. Commission Calls Out Syrian Government for Sarin Attack

The long-awaited report says the Syrian air force carried out the bombing.


World Economic Forum To Staff: Welcome To Davos. Here’s Your CHU.

Davos organizers eye putting up staff in temporary housing containers during talks on rising income inequality and social inclusion.


A Brewing Controversy Over Swiss Coffee Shop’s Sex Robots

One café in Geneva is looking to offer its customers an extra perk with their espressos, but not everyone is sold on the idea.

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When the Welfare State Met the Flat Tax

Milton Friedman and Bernie Sanders both agree on the need for a universal basic income, but the devil is in the details.


FIFA: Blatter and Other Top Officials ‘Awarded’ Themselves $80 Million

FIFA officials awarded themselves tens of millions of dollars after U.S. indictments last May.

Artists perform during a show on the opening day of the Gotthard rail tunnel at the fairground Rynaecht at the northern portal in Erstfeld, Switzerland, on June 1, 2016. 
The new Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) is set to become the world's longest railway tunnel when it opens on June 1. The 57-kilometre (35.4-mile) tunnel, which runs under the Alps, was first conceived in sketch-form in 1947 but construction began 17 years ago. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Watch the Absolutely Insane Performance That Marked the Opening of the World’s Longest Rail Tunnel

Switzerland has a new rail tunnel. They celebrated its opening in quite the curious way.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - DECEMBER 21: President of Switzerland Simonetta Sommaruga gestures during a press conference after her meeting with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Jean Asselborn in Brussels, Belgium on December 21, 2015. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Switzerland to Muslim Students: Shake Your Teacher’s Hand or Pay $5,000

Two Muslim students who refused to shake their female teacher's hand will be fined $5,000 if they don't do it.

Swiss photojournalist Demir Sonmez poses on April 25, 2016 next to a picture showing a demonstation he took at the Place des Nations in Geneva. 
Turkey has asked Geneva authorities to remove a picture used by demonstrators that blames President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the killing of teenage opposition symbol Berkin Elvan, a Swiss official said on April 25, 2016. The picture is part of an exhibition outside the United Nations complex in Geneva, supported by the city of Geneva and campaign group Reporters Without Borders. The photographer Demir Sonmez, a Swiss citizen of Kurdish and Armenian origin who told AFP his objective was to highlight "the multiple struggles of the people."  / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey to Geneva: No, You Can’t Insult Erdogan Either

Turkey is demanding that Switzerland remove a photo deemed insulting to Erdogan from a new exhibit in Geneva.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech during a session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 20, 2016.
A string of jihadist attacks and rising risks to the global economy overshadow the opening of the annual gathering of the world's rich and powerful in a snow-blanketed Swiss ski resort. Even as heads of state, billionaires and Hollywood megastar Leonardo DiCaprio were arriving, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sounded the alarm on January 19, 2016 about perils in the major emerging market economies and lowered its outlook for global economic growth this year. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Davos Haters Gonna Hate, but It’s Not Going Anywhere

The venerable gabfest remains relevant almost half a century after its birth.


Davos Diary: The IMF Sees Dark Clouds Gathering Over the Global Economy

As the World Economic Forum opens, the IMF downgrades its global growth forecast for the next two years.


Sepp Blatter: My Downfall Is America’s Fault

Sepp Blatter blamed America for his eight-year ban from soccer.

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FIFA Officials Suspected of Taking ‘Millions’ in Bribes Arrested

The Justice Department's investigation into FIFA graft creeps closer to the United States.


FIFA Chief: U.S., Not Qatar, Was Supposed to Get 2022 World Cup

FIFA's suspended boss, Sepp Blatter, says the United States was supposed to get the 2022 World Cup.


Police Blatter: FIFA Boss Questioned By Swiss Authorities as U.S. Closes In

Swiss authorities pick up FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, once untouchable, for questioning.

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