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  1. "Don't delegate your own responsibilities."

    "Don't delegate your own responsibilities."

    Entrepreneur and philanthropist Jobst Wagner worries about the Swiss economy and civil society. That's why he's rewarding smart ideas for Switzerland's future.

  2. The collapse of confidence

    The collapse of confidence

    Confidence in Switzerland's institutions is dropping rapidly. In one notable exception, the police have captured the top spot.

  3. "I sometimes miss the willingness to pull together."

    "I sometimes miss the willingness to pull together."

    Federal Councilor Karin Keller-Sutter on the concerns of Swiss voters, the outlook for bilateral treaties and the political benefits of a slower pace.

  4. "Everyone is called upon to preserve the militia system."

    "Everyone is called upon to preserve the militia system."

    Andreas Müller from the Swiss Association of Municipalities discusses the Year of Militia Service and how to encourage social commitment.

  5. The reform backlog

    The reform backlog

    Voter priorities are clear and their impatience is mounting: They want answers and results.

  6. Switzerland's doing fine

    Switzerland's doing fine

    The Swiss rate their national and personal economic situation positively.

  7. "The goal of humanitarian work is to eliminate the need for humanitarian work"

    "The goal of humanitarian work is to eliminate the need for humanitarian work"

    The Red Cross has had an enormous impact on the world. ICRC President Peter Maurer discusses new ways of financing humanitarian projects, modern conflicts and whether the world is doing better or worse today than in the past.

  8. Ignazio Cassis: "There's no insurance for prosperity."

    Ignazio Cassis: "There's no insurance for prosperity."

    Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis is concerned about Switzerland's position as a business location, would like to cure the Swiss of their perfectionism and supports bilateral agreements.

  9. New priorities

    New priorities

    Voters are less worried about unemployment (traditionally a top concern) and do not feel their jobs are threatened by digitalization. The most urgent issues are pensions, healthcare, and migration.

  10. Identity under siege

    Identity under siege

    The reform backlog, immigration and problems with the EU are perceived as threats. But there's still some very good news.