Switzerland reaffirms solidarity with Ukraine

1 February: Switzerland implements the EU’s 12th package of sanctions in response to Russia’s ongoing military aggression against Ukraine

15 January: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received in Bern by three members of the Federal Council (photo)

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European Union

EU: Negotiating mandate

Switzerland intends to stabilise and strengthen its relationship with the European Union. The Swiss government has signed off on a draft mandate to start new negotiations with the EU. It now goes to Parliament and the cantons for consultation.

Middle East

Federal Council calls for law to ban Hamas

In response to the brutal terrorist attacks of 7 October, the Federal Council has proposed a federal act banning Hamas in Switzerland. The law will strengthen internal security and prevent the financing of terrorism via Switzerland. 

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On 3 March 2024, Swiss voters will have their say on two initiatives related to old age pensions. This is what is at stake.

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