May Briefing: Switzerland’s Humanitarian Tradition

Switzerland’s commitment to saving human lives and alleviating suffering in the world is a centuries-old tradition based on the country’s human rights ideals. As a neutral country, Switzerland has long played an active role in international organizations...

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April Briefing: Switzerland and the European Union

In keeping with its long tradition of sovereignty and neutrality, Switzerland is one of only a handful of Western European nations that have not joined the European Union—established in 1957. Nevertheless, the ties between Switzerland and the European...

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March Briefing: Apprenticeship in Switzerland – A Model for the U.S.?

Switzerland’s system of vocational training—on-the-job learning through apprenticeships, combined with schooling—has admirers around the world, including in the United States. With Switzerland’s youth unemployment at only 3 percent, and that in the U.S....

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February Briefing: Putting the Brakes on Government Spending: The Swiss Debt Brake

Large budget deficits and high public-sector spending and debt have been pervasive features of modern economies, including in the United States and Switzerland. Have the Swiss found a way to reliably and permanently limit debt and control outlays?

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