Switzerland

Plutarch: the father of anti-democracy

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Hardly a week goes by without someone applauding Thomas Carlyle’s objection to democracy: ‘I do not believe in the collective…

The wonder of Japan

25 February 2017 9:00 am

From my chalet high up above the village, I look up at the immense, glistening mountain range of the Alps,…

Davos Man has already destroyed old Europe; next stop, the world

28 January 2017 9:00 am

 Gstaad The snows came tumbling down just as the camel-drivers headed back to the Gulf. In fact, they never saw…

Above and below: apprentices at Jaeger-LeCoultre

The real secret of Swiss watch craft: apprentices

3 November 2016 9:00 am

Switzerland’s watch apprentices are all winners, says William Cook

Beneath Gstaad’s showy reputation, there is a sleepy Alpine village where cows outnumber people

Gstaad: the charm beneath the glamour

15 October 2016 9:00 am

It comes at a price, finds Georgie Lane-Godfrey

Matthew Parris is simply wrong about us Leavers

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Lurid about Leavers Sir: Matthew Parris has spent much of the past few months denigrating those of us who want…

Rose Tremain’s The Gustav Sonata strikes all the right notes

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Rose Tremain sets the true story of Police Captain Paul Grüninger, commander of the Swiss border force in Canton Saint…

The dangerous illusion of European identity

25 June 2016 8:00 am

European identity Sir: Alexander Chancellor (Long life, 18 June) echoes the widely accepted view of the European Union as a ‘bulwark…

I’ve seen Britain’s post-Brexit future – and it’s beautiful

18 June 2016 9:00 am

 Berne, Switzerland Before we vote Brexit I thought I’d pop over to Switzerland — courtesy of Die Weltwoche, the nearest…

The truth about boxers and brain damage

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Boxing brains Muhammad Ali died aged 74, after more than 30 years with Parkinson’s Disease. How many boxers suffer brain…

Global brand: Nestlé of Switzerland ‘will still be selling chocolate in 100 years time’

The other side of the Alps: living and investing in Switzerland

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Why Switzerland is such a great place to live and invest — and so happy it stayed out of the EU

Whether or not Britain leaves, the EU must change or fall apart

20 February 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron’s attempt to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership has served as a powerful reminder of the case for leaving. The…

Britain’s determination to kill itself makes my blood boil

20 February 2016 9:00 am

   Gstaad The locals here in the beautiful Saanen valley are split over the migrant crisis. Switzerland does not belong…

The ‘in’ side’s shockingly bad start in the EU referendum campaign

30 January 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron wants to get the European Union referendum over with quickly — and understandably so. Things are still going…

The original Dolly Sisters (Photo: Getty)

Trump’s appeal can be summed up in five words

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The Dolly Sisters were off to Davos last week for the World Economic Forum: Nat Rothschild and Sebastian Taylor in…

What Brexit would look like for Britain

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Life outside the EU would be good for Britain

Globe trotting: four fabulous getaways

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Cranshaws Castle, Scotland This Grade A-listed tower in the Lammermuir Hills of Berwickshire dates back to 1350 and was once…

Outdoor piano bars can be dangerous things — especially when one is under the influence

22 August 2015 9:00 am

These are the languid, sensuous days of summer, and I’ve had another birthday, which is the bad news. But it’s…

Alpine joys in summer

You don’t have to be super-rich to enjoy St Moritz in summer

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Here’s a tip: when travelling to St Moritz, it’s best not to mention the name of your final destination to…

Lord Green must answer for HSBC’s sins – but maybe it was always too big to manage

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Stephen Green — the former trade minister Lord Green of Hurstpier-point, who became this week’s political punchbag— was always a…

At 78 years of age, I can’t keep up with the young shuss-boomers any longer

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Gstaad Once upon a time clergymen saw mountain peaks as natural steeples leading them ever closer to God. Doctors considered…

Why Switzerland should have listened to Hong Kong on currency pegs

24 January 2015 9:00 am

The Swiss National Bank usually ticks away as quietly as one of its nation’s more expensive timepieces, but when the…

Even Switzerland is turning lefty. Am I going to have to move to Wyoming?

2 August 2014 9:00 am

 Gstaad I am looking out of my window at the green landscape and forested mountains rising beyond, as peaceful a…

Sport: Serena is shining like never before

2 November 2013 9:00 am

The comic book Asterix in Switzerland is full of joys, not least the many jokes about Swiss obsessions with tidiness…

Notes on … Skiing in Switzerland

19 October 2013 9:00 am

There’s a myth in the Spectator office, which I’ve never discouraged, that I’m Yorkshire’s answer to Franz Klammer — a…