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22.08.2014   
Mr Didier Burkhalter will travel to Berlin and Tallinn on Monday at the invitation of the German and Estonian foreign affairs ministers, Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Mr Urmas Paet. He will address the ambassadors from these two countries. The day’s agenda will also include breakfast with Mr Steinmeier followed by meetings with the Estonian minister of foreign affairs and Prime Minister Taavi Roivas.

22.08.2014   
The first Geneva Convention was signed on this date 150 years ago, marking the birth of international humanitarian law as we know it today. It has since evolved through a number of stages and increased in scope, but violations are still commonplace, and even now there are countless victims of war crimes. This has prompted Switzerland to join forces with the International Committee of the Red Cross to launch an initiative aimed at strengthening international humanitarian law. The anniversary is also being marked with an exhibition of works by Swiss photographer Jean Mohr at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, entitled "War from the Victims' Perspective", which opened on 22 August.

20.08.2014   
Today, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on a further four tax information exchange agreements, which will now be submitted to parliament for approval. The agreements in question are with Andorra, Greenland, San Marino and the Seychelles.

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The acceptance of the mass immigration initiative by the electorate and cantons on 9 February means the Federal Council is now charged with introducing a new immigration system within three years. The Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons must be renegotiated and adapted to Switzerland's new immigration system. At the same time, the government must hold talks with the European Union regarding existing and potential bilateral negotiations.


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