Switzerland

A campaign poster advocating for a ban on full-face coverings in Biberen, Switzerland, on March 7. The poster reads “Stop extremism!” in German.

Where Face Masks Are Required but Burqas Are Banned

Switzerland’s crackdown on Islamic symbols is normalizing anti-Muslim bigotry across the political spectrum.

A Swiss soldier stands at attention in front of a Swiss flag in Bern, Switzerland, on Sept. 8, 2010.

The End of Swiss Neutrality

The country is campaigning for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, but taking on that role will clash with some fundamental tenets of Swiss foreign policy.

A pedestrian walks past a “Welcome to Little Britain” poster in Manchester on Jan. 5.

We’re All Brexiteers Now

A look at Swiss politics shows that Euroskepticism is in the United Kingdom to stay.

The Swiss National Bank presents the new 1,000-franc note to the press in Zurich on March 5, 2019.

Trump Leaves Biden Administration a Parting Gift in Currency Wars

The Treasury’s decision to label both Switzerland and Vietnam currency manipulators was unusual—and leaves the Biden administration with some tough choices to make.

A pedestrian looks at an illuminated map board in the empty streets of the Alpine resort of Zermatt, with the Matterhorn mountain amid the spread of the COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus.

Switzerland Is Choosing Austerity Over Life

Why Switzerland became one of the world's worst coronavirus hotspots.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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