David Cameron and Europe (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2014 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International New York Times, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

Swiss voters to decide on keeping data

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The federal chancellery Tuesday 28 October said enough signatures – more than 117,000 – had been gathered to put to a vote data protection. No date has been set for the vote. The popular initiative would put into the constitution the right to privacy, notably in the area of data protection. Consumer […]

Fear and loathing in – Switzerland!

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By Robin Coupland Reposted with permission from Beautiful Stuff Ed. note: the exhibit on which the photos are based has now ended As I write this blog post a United States health official announces another ebola case in Texas. Fear. There is the first talk of a flight lock-down to and from West Africa. President Barack […]

UBS shares rise after upbeat quarter

Legal outlook improves ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, published upbeat third quarter results (underlying profit before tax CHF 1.7 billion) Tuesday, and shares in the firm rose on the news. Investors seemed happy with the CHF1.84 billion in provisions set aside for litigation, reported Bloomberg. CEO Sergio Ermotti’s words that “we may be […]

Int. schools: more capacity, stiffer competition

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Students, families appear to be the winners LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Western Switzerland will attract a record 80 new foreign businesses, up from 50 last year, public broadcaster RTS reported in early October. That may be good news for international schools in Vaud, which have been facing two challenges: growing competition among their own ranks, and […]

CHUV starts testing Ebola vaccine

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Chuv university hospitals in Lausanne are running some of the first trials for an Ebola vaccine, starting this week. The vaccine was developed in the US by GlaxoSmithKline, working with the Center for Disease Control, and has been tested on an initial 20 persons there, following successful tests on monkeysThe first […]

Federer and world eyes are on no. 1 tennis slot

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Roger Federer made it clear before the Swiss Indoors tournament that he was gearing up to fight for the title of world’s best tennis player again. His tidy sweep of the tournament, including his final win Sunday over David Goffin of Belgium, 6-2 6-2, have put him within reach of the number […]

Close to 2 million foreigners in Switzerland

Reasons for immigration into Switzerland: joining family leads

Numbers rising, as Swiss vote on tighter immigration cap BERN, SWITZERLAND – The number of foreigners residing in Switzerland at the end of August 2014 was 1,924,129 – nearly 60,000 more than a year earlier, figures released by the federal government 24 October show. The vast majority of newcomers are from European Union countries, notably […]

Average monthly household income now CHF7,112

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The average Swiss household of 2.29 persons in 2012 had an average disposable income of CHF7,112, after compulsory expenses were deleted. The new figures from the Swiss Statistical Office show that the amount was up from CHF6,750 a year earlier, but the federal office says the increase is not significant and is […]

Swiss energy use for home lighting down 25%

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Get rid of incandescent lights, even if they are new! BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss households in 2013 used 1,424 gigawatt hours of electricity for lighting, 23 percent less than in 2010, according to WWF. The environmental organization gave a mandate to the group Safe to carry out the study. Its results, published 27 October, show […]