As part of the #WeAreSwitzerland tour of the UK, the Embassy, in co-operation with the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce (BSCC), visited Manchester to highlight Switzerland’s strong economic footprint in the Northern Powerhouse.
From 6-17 June the first leg of our #WeAreSwitzerland tour of the UK took place, with our electric-powered Swiss cab travelling to Cambridge, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Belfast and Manchester for events and meetings highlighting the many links and partnerships between Switzerland and the UK.
The role of a peace mediator has always been intricate and multi-layered. As conflicts become increasingly complex and recurrent, changing circumstances and new challenges require mediation practitioners to consider new approaches. The States of Mind in Conflict (SOMIC) project is an attempt to innovate peace mediation practice through the application of psychological insights and tools to mediation.
A close neighbour of the EU but not a member state, a mid-sized economy but a global competitiveness and innovation leader, a centre for international cooperation but neutral – Switzerland has a unique position in many regards.
How are digital tools polarising societies and fuelling violence? And how can they be used to build peace instead? These were the main questions explored at our panel event held on 10 May 2022.
Switzerland imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia in response to its military aggression against Ukraine. This step made international headlines and sparked questions as to whether Switzerland is still a neutral country and how these decisions affect its overall foreign policy. Join us in Cambridge on Monday 6 June for a panel discussion where we will attempt to answer these questions and more.
Throughout the month of June, the Swiss Embassy will tour the UK with our electric-powered Swiss cab, with events and meetings held in Cambridge, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and Oxford to highlight the many links between Switzerland and the UK.
Throughout the month of June, the Swiss Embassy will tour the UK, with events and meetings held in Cambridge, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and Oxford to highlight the many links between Switzerland and the UK.
On Thursday 28 April, President Ignazio Cassis met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss in London. President Cassis was also invited to pay a courtesy visit to Queen Elizabeth II.
President of the Swiss Confederation Ignazio Cassis explained Switzerland's neutrality policy ahead of his vist to the UK on 28 April.
From Mariupol and other cities in Ukraine, to Mosul, Aleppo and other cities in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Ethiopia and the Philippines, the global resurgence of siege warfare and its devastating impact on civilian populations have raised serious questions about the implementation of international humanitarian law (IHL) and military strategy and operational practice.
The Swiss-UK bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) entered into force on 1 January 2021 after existing agreements were rolled over to avoid a cliff-edge situation after Brexit. The trade agreement provides for duty-free bilateral trade in industrial goods and for a partial liberalization of trade in processed agricultural products. Now, however, it is time for a modernisation of the bilateral FTA that allows us to expand the agreement to new areas of trade.
In June 2020, Finance Ministers Ueli Maurer and Rishi Sunak issued a joint statement expressing their intention to conclude a financial services agreement (MRA). This should enable cross-border market access for a wide range of financial services in the areas of insurance, banking, asset management and capital market infrastructure. Both Finance Ministers met again in London in December 2021 and expressed their shared intention to continue the negotiations on the MRA in the current constructive spirit.