I believe your broker will have access to a "local" version of many of the ETFs as well. It will take a bit of research to find out what you can get. Here is what I found when searching for "Switzerland Russell ETF" https://www.etfstrategy.com/goldman-sachs-cross-lists-etfs-on-six-swiss-exchange/
Or as Peter said, drill down and pick the stocks that make up the fund for example, to trade small caps in the Russell look at https://www.ishares.com/us/products/239710/ishares-russell-2000-etf . Scroll down to "Holdings" and see what is there. Then you can keep an eye out for which have catalysts, volume and/or are in play. On this list I can see MDCO which was in play last week.
Personally, for day trading (still in sim), I take my cue from BBT team in the pre-market show. For swing trading, I follow Brian and am developing my own scanning strategies.
I am pretty new, but I do feel your frustration about the ETFs. There are always work arounds.