Aug 11, 2017

Swiss referendum in works for at least four weeks of paternity leave

Swiss petitioners have successfully collected enough signatures to launch a nationwide referendum that would grant new fathers at least 20 days of paid paternity leave, up from one day today, the government said Thursday. The issue strikes at the heart of the work-life balance debate ...

May 19, 2017

Zurich Insurance deploying robots to decide personal injury claims

Zurich Insurance is deploying artificial intelligence in deciding personal injury claims after test trials cut the processing time from an hour to just seconds, its chairman said. "We recently introduced AI claims handling ... and saved 40,000 work hours, while speeding up the claim processing ...

First test flight of stratospheric solar plane called a success

May 6, 2017

First test flight of stratospheric solar plane called a success

The first solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere made an initial low-altitude test flight over Switzerland Friday. The SolarStratos, a superlight, sleek, white two-seater aircraft with long wings covered with solar panels, took off from Payerne at 8 a.m., according to an AFP photographer ...

/ Feb 14, 2017

Gut awaits surgery on left knee

Switzerland's Lara Gut is to undergo surgery on her left knee in the coming days, the Swiss team announced Tuesday. Gut, who won bronze in the super-G and was considered a top Swiss medal hope at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in St. Moritz, ...

/ Dec 1, 2016

Swiss Upper House backs immigration bill avoiding EU quotas

Swiss efforts to curb immigration from the European Union without provoking a clash with Brussels cleared another hurdle on Thursday when parliament's Upper House backed giving locals first crack at open jobs rather than adopting outright quotas. The step is roughly in line with a ...

Swiss voters reject plan to speed up exit from nuclear power

Nov 28, 2016

Swiss voters reject plan to speed up exit from nuclear power

Swiss voters rejected a plan to accelerate the country's exit from nuclear energy in a referendum Sunday, turning down an initiative that would have forced their government to shut the last plant in 2029. The plan promoted by the Green party would have meant closing ...