Briefings

Putting the Brakes on Government Spending: Debt Ceiling and 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. Employing a debt brake has proven effective at limiting spending, though it is no silver bullet.

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Climate Change: Environmental and Political Effects in Switzerland

The Swiss take climate change very seriously. Both public and private institutions are undertaking extensive programs and initiatives to monitor, and reverse the effects of, rising temperatures.

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Tax Reform and FATCA: Will the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act be Amended?

In 2010, following the financial crisis, the U.S. Congress passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

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Apprenticeship Education in Switzerland: Building Bridges Conference Report

At a recent “Building Bridges” conference on Apprenticeship in Switzerland, American Swiss Foundation members and experts discussed what the United States can learn from Switzerland about apprenticeships and vocational education (the dual-education system).

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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.

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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 Union have been—and remain—close.

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Switzerland: Global Financial Center

Switzerland is world-renowned as a leading international financial center. Its long history as a major banking hub with a stable political system and great openness to trade continue to attract investors from around the world.

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Innovation: Switzerland and the United States Top the Charts

Both countries regularly receive the highest rankings in global-innovation indices—whether for business, entrepreneurship, technology, science, or education. Why?

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