Is it necessary to maintain universal military conscription?

  • Marker: National, Social sphere, Switzerland,

A proposal to abolish conscription in Switzerland seems to be heading for defeat at the ballot box next month. Votes on relaxing shop opening hours at petrol stations and a reform of vaccination campaigns will be close, according to an opinion poll. Ahead of the nationwide ballot on September 22, a clear majority of people - 57 per cent - said they would reject an initiative by the Switzerland without an Army group. About one in three respondents came out in favour of…

Do the Swiss have the right to buy goods 24 hours a day?

  • Marker: Social sphere, Switzerland,

A court ruling upholding a ban on 24-hour opening hours at petrol station shops has raised questions about Switzerland’s strict Sunday and evening labour laws. For the past two years, seven petrol stations in canton Zurich have been defying a recently introduced law on late-night trading by opening their shops from 1-5am. In Switzerland, labour law states that work at night and on Sunday is only allowed if it is "essential". It also must remain the exception, not the…

Regulation of double taxation between France and Switzerland must be upgraded

  • Marker: Economics, Switzerland,

The Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the new inheritance tax agreement with France for the attention of parliament. The agreement will prevent a legal vacuum that is detrimental to taxpayers. It also constitutes a first concrete step in the tax dialogue with France. On 11 July 2013 in Paris, Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf and the French Finance Minister, Pierre Moscovici, decided to engage in a dialogue on outstanding bilateral tax and financial issues…

Should the wearing of burqa be banned?

  • Marker: Social sphere, Switzerland,

On September 22, Ticino will become the first Swiss canton to hold a referendum on banning face-covering headgear in public places. Political commentators say the initiative has good chances of being accepted. The Ticino initiative does not explicitly target Muslims – the phrasing to be voted on is “nobody in public streets or squares may veil or hide their face” – but in practice it means women in burkas. The law would apply to burkas and niqabs, Arabic face coverings…

Named train tickets is the violation of the rights of Ukrainians

  • Marker: Protection of rights, Ukraine,

Experts see the innovation of " Ukrzaliznytsia» — return of the nominal train tickets — as legalization of espionage and violation of the Constitution, tsn.ua wrote. " Ukrzaliznytsia» says that it will not add inconveniences. It will protect passengers from speculators and help the railroad workers with the transition to electronic tickets. More of that, innovation was thought through to the smallest detail …

Yanukovych should release Tymoshenko following the Lutsenko

  • Marker: National, Politics, Ukraine,

The defense of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko asks to release their client following the former Minister of Internal Affairs Yuriy Lutsenko. This was stated by the defender of Tymoshenko, MP from the party " Batkivshchyna» Andrei Kozhemyakin, RBC-Ukraine reports. «Due to the events that took place on April 7, I mean the clemency of Lutsenko, who was released and who was also politically repressed and illegally…