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Uneasy relations between Switzerland and China
Relations between Switzerland and China are unclear. Eight years ago, when the free trade agreement was signed by the then Federal Councilor Johann Schneider-Ammann, there was optimism, but the euphoria has disappeared. China put the negotiations on hold in 2018, as “NZZ am Sonntag” and “SonntagsBlick” write. Since then, China has refused to talk at all about a common list of problems. There has been radio silence for several months. Switzerland would like to further develop the agreement in other areas. According to reports, the Chinese dialogue freeze is a response to the fact that Switzerland has recently been more aggressive in naming human rights violations.
Pedophiles harass teens via the Kik app
Pedophiles are increasingly harassing young people via the Kik app. Research from “SonntagsZeitung” and “Le Matin Dimanche” shows that there are numerous lawsuits in Switzerland in connection with the app. An experiment with the profile of a young girl of 14 years shows how sex offenders progress. Within a few days, the fictional girl received obscene messages, nude photos and reprehensible offers – including from profiles in Switzerland. The Kik platform did not comment on the facts when asked. The problem is known to the cantonal police force. The corps complains about few resources and legal obstacles in the hunt for the perpetrators. Experts criticize the app’s high level of anonymity.
Federal government investigates mandatory plastic stocks
The current numerous delivery bottlenecks have an impact on the supply of packaging material. The prices of aluminum, tin and various types of plastic have recently risen markedly. The Federal Government is therefore now examining whether to set up mandatory stocks for plastics that can be used to make intestines for food. When it comes to packaging, Switzerland is very dependent on other countries. So far, the federal government has only stored plastic for the manufacture of bottles for disinfectants. The Federal Office for National Economic Supply confirmed the relevant information from “NZZ am Sonntag”. PE plastic and polystyrene could now be included in the mandatory stock.
Twice animal protection in the Council of State
The Council of State is to deal with animal welfare twice on Monday. The proposal from SP National Councilor Matthias Aebischer calls for an import ban on torture fur, while that from the former GLP National Councilor Isabelle Chevalley calls for an import ban on hunting trophies of protected animals. Both approaches were clearly accepted by the National Council. The Prime Minister’s Interim Advisory Committee rejects the proposal. Center councilor Andrea Gmür-Schönenberger instead wants, according to “SonntagsBlick”, that the declaration obligation for fur products that applies today is tightened. If the Council of State rejects the proposals, it decides against the spirit of the times and ethical consumption, writes “SonntagsZeitung”.
Only a fraction of girls with ADHD receive support
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) manifests itself differently in boys and girls. Girls have difficulty concentrating, are dreamy, anxious, forgetful and often chat too much without attracting too much attention, quotes “SonntagsBlick” Susanne Walitza, director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Zurich. Some girls suffered from inner turmoil and struggled with emotions. They do not interfere with teaching, but primarily themselves. According to current research, women are just as affected by ADHD as men, but twice as many boys are diagnosed. Only a fraction of the girls receive support.
Too much sugar in baby food
Foods that are primarily aimed at children often contain too much fat and sugar. This is reported by “SonntagsZeitung” and “Le Matin Dimanche” based on a survey conducted by the Alliance of Swiss Consumer Protection Organizations. The major distributors Migros and Coop were affected, as were the merchants Aldi and Lidl. Consumer Protection analyzed 344 children’s products for their nutritional values as well as their fat, sugar and salt content. The research showed that 94 percent of the purchased goods did not live up to the World Health Organization’s requirements for balanced foods. The Alliance of Swiss Consumer Protection Groups is now urging politicians to take action. It should only allow advertising aimed at children if it meets WHO requirements.
Wanderlust is back
The urge to travel is back after the corona pandemic has subsided. Asians are once again taking their vacation in Switzerland. And the Swiss are also being drawn abroad again, as reported by “SonntagsZeitung”. Tourists from India, Southeast Asia and South Korea in particular, but also from the United States, return to Switzerland on holiday. According to Switzerland Tourism, concerns have not been confirmed that the Ukraine war is seriously damaging confidence in Western Europe. However, tourists from China were still a long way off due to the Chinese government’s zero-Covid policy. The sharp rise in demand is pushing tour operators to their limits.
Rising heating costs: Additional services need to be increased
Due to rising heat costs, Green Country Councilor Manuela Weichelt wants to help the poorest tenants. An amendment to the law will ensure that the additional benefits are increased for more than 300,000 recipients. But the Federal Council rejects Weichelt’s proposal. The state government itself can react to rising price and wage developments. In addition, the oil tanks are already full for the current year. According to “SonntagsBlick”, Weichelt accuses the federal council of screwing up numbers that are in the law. A change in the law is needed. The problem will become acute in the next year.
Secret medicine prices
The Federal Council and the pharmaceutical industry want to declare the prices of new drugs secret. A legal opinion now sharply criticizes this approach, as “NZZ am Sonntag” and “Le Matin Dimanche” write. Thanks to the “Federal Law on the Public Administration Principle”, SRF journalists were able to see the documents on the price negotiations between the Federal Office of Public Health and the pharmaceutical company Roche from 2013. This public control should no longer be possible in the future. A new article in the Health Insurance Act must exclude the entire area from the Public Information Act. It is the non-governmental organization Public Eye now against.
Rocker war in Switzerland
The bloody battle between rival rocker gangs reaches Switzerland. The bloody conflict over territory and power is also escalating in this country. The latest example is an incident in Geneva. Last weekend, two members of the rival Hells Angels and Bandidos shot each other with pistols in the middle of Geneva’s nightlife area in the Plainpalais. With luck, no one was injured in the shooting at a bar. Federal police have been warning of a rocker war for years. The scene has a serious potential for violence, as “SonntagsZeitung” and the French-speaking Swiss “Le Matin Dimanche” write.