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You may be surprised to see gorillas on our front page, but this is our annual What's On this Summer issue, after all, and Swiss zoos have lots on the go. We're told that Basel's has welcomed an unusual crop of young lions, apes and giraffes--and even rare twin sheep.

Inside, we also sample the wines of picturesque Suisse Romande, a follow-up on May's look at the Swiss-Italian wineries (p. 46), climb the precipitous Schafberg for a glimpse of life in a Swiss mountain hut (p. 42), and look behind the scenes of film, with a profile of controversial Swiss director Samir Jamal Aldin (Snow White), on p. 16.

So ... lots of fun, and of course the news doesn't stop. The political referendum on June 17th tackles the high cost of supporting some of our society's most vulnerable, and underscores the challenge of deciding who meets that definition and, more controversially, who doesn't (p. 8).

The Swiss People's Party presses the argument that bogus claims are to blame for the current woes of the disability insurance plan, which is reported to be nearing collapse. Supporters of the referendum who hope to overturn proposed cost cuts, make the case that abuse is minimal.

However you slice it, the last time Swiss voters were asked to absorb a tax hike to fund the deficit-ridden disability scheme, they said no, and it will be interesting to see if they will now accept government cutbacks.

That's all from me. As always, thanks for checking in!
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Author:Meen, Liz
Publication:Swiss News
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Date:Jun 1, 2007
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