The Swiss Virus: Europe Gripped by Immigration Worries

The Swiss Virus: Europe Gripped by Immigration Worries

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2014

The Swiss aren't the only ones in Europe deeply concerned about immigration. Many across the Continent would also like to see limits placed on newcomers from elsewhere in the EU. Europe must remain firm, but right-wing populists stand to benefit. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Swiss Populist Leader Blocher: 'We Are a Sovereign Country'

Swiss Populist Leader Blocher: 'We Are a Sovereign Country'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2014

In a SPIEGEL interview, Christoph Blocher, the leader of the right-wing populist Swiss People's Party discusses the success of his recent campaign in a referendum against "mass migration" and Switzerland's future relationship with the EU. Interview Conducted by Björn Hengst and Samiha Shafy more... Comment ]

A Land of Money and Fear: The Swiss Vote Against 'Mass Migration'

A Land of Money and Fear: The Swiss Vote Against 'Mass Migration'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2014

Switzerland's economic success is enviable, yet its people fear decline. On Sunday, voters approved a plan to reintroduce immigration quotas. The move is likely to create significant problems for the country's relations with the EU -- and could be expensive. A Commentary by David Nauer more... Comment ]

'Fat Cat' Backlash: Swiss Executive Pay Debate Gets Ugly

'Fat Cat' Backlash: Swiss Executive Pay Debate Gets Ugly

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2013

Switzerland votes this weekend on whether to limit executives' pay at twelve times that of their lowest-paid worker. In the run up to the referendum, the issue has become a national talking point, with both sides stoking public resentments and fears. By Christian Teevs more... Comment ]

Container Park Craze: Hipsters Create Oases in Urban Wastelands

Container Park Craze: Hipsters Create Oases in Urban Wastelands

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2013

Welcome to "Frau Gerold's Garden," a leafy urban oasis in Zurich made out of shipping containers. Such temporary hipstervilles, which combine trendy shops with food, music and urban gardening, are popping up all over the world -- but also priming the areas for development and gentrification. By Antje Blinda more... Comment ]

Segregated: Swiss Towns Ban Asylum Seekers from Certain Zones

Segregated: Swiss Towns Ban Asylum Seekers from Certain Zones

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 08, 2013

The town of Bremgarten in the Swiss canton of Aargau has banned asylum seekers from public swimming pools and sports facilities. The decision is symptomatic of Switzerland's increasingly restrictive asylum policy. By Fabian Reinbold more... Comment ]

North Face: 75 Years After the Eiger Was Conquered

North Face: 75 Years After the Eiger Was Conquered

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2013

Wednesday marks the 75th anniversary of the first successful climb to the top of the Eiger's north face. Although dangers persist on the legendary peak in the Swiss Alps, advances in equipment have turned this former graveyard of the ambitious into a playground for professionals. By Tim Tolsdorff more... Comment ]

(Sm)art Investing: Rich Move Assets from Banks to Warehouses

(Sm)art Investing: Rich Move Assets from Banks to Warehouses

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2013

To avoid paying taxes, the rich are emptying their bank accounts in Switzerland and investing in art. This has spawned a new business of storing such works tax- and duty-free in warehouses across the world. By Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

Land O' Lakes: Melting Glaciers Transform Alpine Landscape

Land O' Lakes: Melting Glaciers Transform Alpine Landscape

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2013

Climate change is dramatically altering the Swiss Alps, where hundreds of bodies of water are being created by melting glaciers. Though the lakes can attract tourists and even generate electricity, local residents also fear catastrophic tidal waves. By Axel Bojanowski more... Comment ]

Money Mountain: Swiss Banks 'Plundering German Treasury'

Money Mountain: Swiss Banks 'Plundering German Treasury'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2013

Sociologist and former politician Jean Ziegler has few nice things to say about the banking sector in his native Switzerland. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, he argues the Alpine nation is the world capital of dealing in stolen goods, and that Germany has the power to change it. more...