Thursdays at 6:50 am during The National (repeats at 8:50 am)
Commentary: the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes gives her impressions on the events that have been making headlines in Switzerland.
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Dateline CH: The risks of keeping army rifles at homeThursday, 17 November, 2011The issue of ex-army soldiers keeping their weapons at home has been a contentious one for the past few years in Switzerland. Two shootings recently using army guns has raised the question again of how suitable it is to have so many weapons in so many homes—particularly if gun owners are suspected of other crimes. The BBC’s Imogen Folkes takes a look:
Dateline CH: To give or not to give to the EU bailout fund?Thursday, 10 November, 2011Should Switzerland contribute to the eurozone bailout fund? BBC correspondent Imogen Foulkes says a look at history shows Switzerland should contribute, because it has a long tradition of doing so, even if via the back door:
Dateline CH: FEMEN's topless tactics get them exposureThursday, 3 November, 2011The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes takes a wry look at FEMEN, the Ukrainian women’s rights protesters exposing their cause in a very eye catching way—topless. She says although it’s an awkward leap of faith to believe that beautiful young women protesting topless can advance women’s causes, they are getting lots of media attention:
Dateline CH: A crowded but possibly more caring, sharing worldThursday, 27 October, 2011Our world is on the verge of yet another important milestone as the world population reaches the seven billion mark. While many fear the consequences of an overcrowded planet, BBC’s Imogen Foulkes sees an opportunity for a more caring, sharing world:
Dateline CH: Uproar ensues as Aegis protects Swiss embassy in TripoliThursday, 20 October, 2011The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes casts her eye over the reopening of the Swiss embassy in Tripoli and the challenges ahead for Switzerland in securing its diplomatic staff. The Swiss are facing controversy over using mercenary firm Aegis to protect the site:
Dateline CH: Lessons learned in decade since Swissair groundingThursday, 6 October, 2011It has been 10 years since Swissair, Switzerland’s national carrier for decades, ceased to exist. BBC’s Imogen Foulkes looks at the end of an era for a Swiss icon—and the Swiss people’s blind faith in their business leaders:
Dateline CH: 'Ski butlers' to join locals in new, gilded AndermattThursday, 29 September, 2011The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes discusses Egyptian businessman and billionaire Samih Sawiris’s transformation of Andermatt into a luxury alpine destination. She wonders how the local population of 1,300 will gel with incoming “ski butlers” who will be there to help skiers on and off with their boots:
Dateline CH: Banks still rolling the diceThursday, 22 September, 2011The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes looks at the curious distinction between the Swiss attitude toward gambling—and the behaviour in the banking sector:
Dateline CH: Selling the concept of human rights after 9/11Thursday, 15 September, 2011The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes considers how the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York’s twin towers ten years ago changed the world’s attitudes towards the universality of human rights:
Dateline CH: Turning francs into eurosThursday, 8 September, 2011The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes looks at what she calls the poisoned chalice of being a “safe haven” and the possible impact the Swiss National Bank’s foreign exchange cap will have on the Swiss economy. Could the bank be swapping billions of high quality Swiss francs for billions of worthless euros?