Switzerland, a wealthy Alpine state in Central Europe, was founded in 1291 and has four official languages. Its system of government is based on direct democracy and a tradition of political and military neutrality.
The country joined the United Nations in 2002. Geneva is the seat of the European headquarters of the UN and many other inter-governmental and international non-governmental organizations. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Switzerland.
What some people have in their hearts became evident in Chile last month, when the government there received what has been described as the world's largest donation of privately held land — roughly the same size as Switzerland. It was given by millionaire entrepreneurs and philanthropists Kris Tompkins and her late husband Doug, who began buying up land in Chile and Argentina to conserve it.
French president Emmanuel Macron has proposed ambitious and controversial ideas for EU reform, including a joint eurozone budget and finance minister. This week, the veteran Merkel and rookie Macron spoke at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. DW’s Andreas Becker was there and Helen Seeney asked him how the two leaders compared.