From the editor.

Author:Meen, Liz

January is a time for beginnings and so this month we look ahead.

We take the country's political temperature with the 2006 forecast and follow a trend to cross-border love in our piece 'For the love of foreigners'.

We also take this opportunity to look ahead at the rise in popularity of extreme sports in Switzerland, and profile a startup company led by a respected Zurich-based scientist--a company that hopes to offer a cheaper solar alternative to fossil fuels within five years.

Don't miss a photo layout featuring the work of a fine art photographer who made a professional transformation from graphic art--and a report on Switzerland's clampdown on...

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