November brings the fourth set of public votes for the year in Switzerland. Peter Ungphakorn looks at the challenge facing voters over international obligations, the welfare of cows and insurance fraud
Léman: Letter from Europe
As Britain and the European Union approach a critical moment in their separation talks, Peter Ungphakorn follows the rapidly changing mood in the days leading up to yet another summit meeting
The Swiss vote again this Sunday, and two of the three issues on the ballot papers are agricultural. So Peter Ungphakorn has another quiz: what’s the biggest Swiss agricultural export and what’s it got to do with food sovereignty?
Instead of a Letter from Europe, here are some postcards from one of Peter Ungphakorn’s favourite places on earth. It’s called the Isle of May and it’s well worth a visit.
Voters notoriously oppose tax increases, but in Britain there’s one unequivocal exception. What is it? And what has just been celebrated even though it’s in crisis? Peter Ungphakorn looks at the celebrations and the pain
On the second anniversary of the Brexit referendum, Peter Ungphakorn concludes his 3-part series on the challenge of complexity in public policy by asking whether the media’s interpretation of impartiality creates a bias against understanding
In this second of a 3-part series on the challenge of complexity in public policy, Peter Ungphakorn looks at the phony economics that underpins Trump’s trade war
Public opinion struggles to handle complexity, but is there an alternative way to make good decisions? Peter Ungphakorn looks at three complicated policy issues. To come: Trump’s trade war and Brexit. Part 1—access to medicines
Peter Ungphakorn visits Britain’s biggest annual university dance competition and has his eyes — and mind — opened.
What might unite yodellers, rappers and 5,000 Swiss artists of all kinds? A bitter battle that is simultaneously about cultural identity and diversity. Peter Ungphakorn considers some wider issues raised by a controversial Swiss referendum that could decimate the national broadcaster.
“A lone figure crossed the road beside us. She headed down the arcades on the opposite side and out of sight. My companion nudged me. ‘It’s her. It’s the president.’ No one paid any attention.” Peter Ungphakorn looks at Switzerland’s unique presidency.
Did you know there was a major international trade meeting 10 days ago? Can you name the city where it took place? Peter Ungphakorn asks whether the World Trade Organization’s lower profile is good or bad news.