All intensive care beds occupied in Switzerland after COVID-19 infections explode

By Marianne Arens, 23 November 2020

Triage—treating some but not others—is now a major topic of discussion in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The elderly and those with pre-existing conditions are being called on to make a living will and forgo treatment.

Switzerland in the coronavirus pandemic: “We are on the verge of a medical catastrophe”

By Marianne Arens, 13 November 2020

Particularly in southern and western Switzerland, infections have skyrocketed over recent days. Intensive care units in the hospitals are full, and doctors and nurses on the verge of collapse.

Rally in defence of Julian Assange held in Zurich

By our correspondents, 2 March 2020

In Zurich, Marianne Arens spoke on behalf of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) and called for the mobilisation of the working class in Assange’s defence.

Swiss building workers strike in Ticino and Geneva

By Marianne Arens, 24 October 2018

The Swiss unions are organising toothless protests and limited strikes aimed at dissipating the militancy of workers.

Swiss voters reject xenophobic anti-refugee initiative

By Marianne Arens, 1 March 2016

The rejection of the initiative “to enforce the deportation of criminal foreigners” is largely due to the unusually high turnout.

Switzerland after the National Council elections

By Max Schneider, 30 October 2015

The Swiss parliamentary elections on October 18 initiated a shift to the right in government policy that will be carried out at the expense of the working population.

Anti-immigration party wins election in Switzerland

By Marianne Arens, 20 October 2015

The SVP, directed on a strict right-wing course by multibillionaire Christoph Blocher, exploited fears of job losses by victimising refugees and immigrants.

Rise in value of Swiss franc threatens workers in Eastern Europe with ruin

By Markus Salzmann, 16 February 2015

Following moves by the Swiss National Bank in January, the value of the Swiss franc has risen sharply—and with it the debt of hundreds of thousands of workers in Eastern Eruope.

Swiss referendum rejects single public health insurance fund

By Stefan Gfeller, 14 October 2014

The Swiss Social Democrats’ proposed public health insurance scheme would not have improved the present anti-social system.

Swiss referendum opposes purchase of fighter jets

By Stefan Gfeller, 23 May 2014

In the face of the campaign for war against Russia and the threat of a third world war, the referendum result is of great significance.

Swiss workers support ICFI May Day rally

By our correspondents, 3 May 2014

Switzerland, one of the richest countries in the world, has become extremely polarized.

Initiative to restrict immigration passed in Swiss referendum vote

By Marianne Arens, 11 February 2014

The initiative commits the government to renegotiate the agreement on freedom of movement with the EU within three years.

Referendum in Switzerland to place upper limit on salaries

By Max Schneider, 11 November 2013

On November 24, Switzerland will hold a referendum on whether the wage gap between lowest and highest earners at a company should be limited to a ratio of 1 to 12.

Swiss tax deal with the US voted down

By Marianne Arens, 28 June 2013

Relations between Switzerland and the United States are worse than ever before due to the tax dispute between the US Justice Department and Swiss banks.

Swiss referendum on asylum law

By Marianne Arens, 11 June 2013

A referendum was held Sunday on proposals to strengthen the law against asylum seekers.

15 years of the WSWS: Public meeting in Zurich

18 May 2013

The World Socialist Web Site is pleased to announce its first public meeting in Switzerland will be held June 1.

Swiss referendum against “rip-offs”

By Max Schneider and Ernst Wolff, 2 March 2013

The “rip-off” initiative is exclusively geared towards the rights of shareholders, i.e., strengthening the control exercised by the owners of capital over the boardroom.

Swiss trade unions play key role in facilitating closure of Merck Serono plant

By Marianne Arens, 18 August 2012

UNIA, the largest Swiss union, has played an indispensable role in helping the company close the Merck Serono plant in Geneva.

Merck Serono closes its factory in Geneva

By Max Schneider and Marianne Arens, 20 July 2012

On April 24, pharmaceutical company Merck Serono announced the closure of its factory in Geneva, affecting 1,250 jobs.

New Swiss government installed

By Max Schneider and Marianne Arens, 29 December 2011

The new Swiss government is the result of manoeuvres between the mainstream parties, its composition having practically nothing to do with ordinary voters.

Swiss banker jailed for supplying information to WikiLeaks

By Patrick Martin, 21 January 2011

Rudolf Elmer provided data on tax evasion by thousands of wealthy individuals and corporations.

Switzerland approves reactionary “Deportation Initiative”

By Marianne Arens, 30 November 2010

Just one year after a referendum banning the construction of minarets, another referendum in Switzerland has sharply tightened the country’s immigration law.

Government resignation deepens crisis of Swiss democracy

By Marianne Arens and Leandro Poroli, 22 July 2010

The resignation of Moritz Leuenberger of the Socialist Party (SP) from the government signifies a major political upheaval in Switzerland.

Switzerland bans minarets

By Marianne Arens, 3 December 2009

Switzerland has banned the building of minarets in accordance with the result of a referendum held on November 29. The decision is a new high point in the European-wide campaign to stir up prejudices against Muslims and divide the working class.

Held in Swiss jail for two months

Film director Roman Polanski to be freed on bail

By David Walsh, 28 November 2009

The Swiss justice ministry announced Thursday that it would not appeal a court ruling handed down the day before permitting filmmaker Roman Polanski’s release on bail, opening the way for the director to be freed within the next several days.

US formally requests extradition of filmmaker Roman Polanski

By Hiram Lee, 27 October 2009

The United States has formally requested that filmmaker Roman Polanski be extradited from Switzerland. New details of the Swiss government’s role in Polanski’s arrest have now come to light.

Roman Polanski refused bail by Swiss court

By Hiram Lee, 21 October 2009

The Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland has refused to release filmmaker Roman Polanski on bail.

Roman Polanski denied bail in Switzerland

By Hiram Lee, 7 October 2009

The Swiss Justice Ministry has denied Roman Polanski's request for release from prison while awaiting extradition. The media frenzy surrounding the case continues.

Director Roman Polanski faces months in Swiss prison

By Hiram Lee, 30 September 2009

Film director Roman Polanski could spend months in a Swiss prison following his September 26 arrest in Zürich. Protests against the detention of the renowned filmmaker continue to mount.

International protests against arrest of film director Roman Polanski

By Barry Grey, 28 September 2009

Expressions of shock and anger are mounting internationally over the arrest Saturday night of Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski.