A dictator’s fall – swissinfo

“Amnesia” is a play by the famous Tunisian theater and film director Fadhel Jaïbi. The story, co-authored by his partner, actress Jalila Baccar, describes in an almost prophetic way the fall of former Tunisian president Ben Ali. The play was shown at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel. (Raffaella Rossello, swissinfo.ch/SF)
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Swissmem in crisis – swissinfo

In recent months the strong franc has caused a big increase in prices for Swiss products abroad. Judging by the half-year results of Swissmem – the Swiss association of mechanical and electrical engineering industries – the future of the sector looks bleak. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Switzerland’s direct democracy – swissinfo

Together with neutrality and federalism, direct democracy is a part of the Swiss national identity and helps unite the various languages, religions and cultures in the country. This video gives you a short instruction to this unique political system. (Michele Andina, swissinfo.ch for ASO)
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Cocaine habit – swissinfo

Cocaine is no longer a high-society drug. As a result of falling prices and increased availability, even young teenagers are buying it in Zurich, according to Swiss television. At the recent Street Parade, a mobile laboratory was set up to test the quality of the cocaine on sale on the streets. Tests showed that purity had sunk to an all-time low. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Boxing champion – swissinfo

Swiss-Japanese boxing professional Aniya Seki is Switzerland’s best female boxer. The 32-year-old began her career three years ago. So far she lost just one out of 18 fights. This weekend she’s competing in Bern for the world championship title. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Déja vu – swissinfo

It isn’t the first time that the strong franc has given the Swiss economy a headache. In the 1970s Switzerland was in a very similar situation, and back then the National Bank managed to lower the value of the currency – but at quite a price: inflation. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Border shopping – swissinfo

For many Swiss shops close to the borders with EU countries these are hard times. Thanks to the low Euro exchange rate their clients are crossing the border to Italy, France and Germany to buy just about anything, from food, shoes and even homes. (SF/TSR/TSI/swissinfo.ch)
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