Basel airport under political threat

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – The fiscal disputes between Switzerland and France aren’t limited to individuals’ taxes – the two countries have been bickering over how Basel Airport should be taxed, and Wednesday local media reported that talks have ended without a solution. Easyjet, which is the largest company operating out of the airport, will not develop […]

Off the Shelf absorbed by Payot in Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s English-language bookstore for the past 11 years, Off the Shelf, will move to Payot Chantepoulet near the train station 1 September, the former has announced. Stock at the store will be absorbed by Payot’s international department, which already has a sizeable English-language collection, and some staff will move to the larger […]

Geneve centre: traffic badly snarled

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Photo: Ge.ch GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in Geneva have issued an alert that traffic in the city centre is snarled (photo at left: 16:40 Wednesday), without providing an explanation. Roadworks on Avenue de la France and the Quai du Mont Blanc this week have caused several rush-hour problems. At the moment the Route de Lausanne […]

Swiss federal law on shop hours by end of year

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Federal Council has given the green light to the economy ministry to draft national legislation that will create a framework for shop opening hours. The move comes after a public consultation process that saw strong support for the idea of harmonizing the range of hours shops can be open. The new […]

Monkey, man and copyright: the debate in Geneva

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – One of the most surprising digital debates of the moment is the case of photographer David Slater and a photo taken by a Macaca monkey, which became an online hit thanks to Wikimedia. Geneva-based IP Watch carries a wonderful review of the legal issues, by two lawyers, who don’t […]

House of Switzerland – sports fans are loving it

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The House of Switzerland made its first appearance in Sochi for the Olympics, then in Milan, followed by Rio where it was used as a fan centre during the football World Cup. Its latest appearance shows growing popularity with sports fans – the sustainable architecture mobile wooden structure was in Zurich during […]

Car lights during day: 94% compliance

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss drivers have quickly embraced the law that went into effect in January 2014, requiring cars to have their lights on during the day. A study by BPA, the Swiss Accident Prevention Council, shows that Swiss Germans are a bit better about respecting the law, 94 percent, than French-speaking Swiss drivers, 90 […]

2 men die in area accidents

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Two young men have died in accidents in the area, one in a fall in the stairwell of a bar, the other by drowning, near Montreux. A 30-year-old man who lives in near Neuchatel died in hospital, where he was taken over the weekend after falling in the stairwell of a local […]

Ferguson and race in America

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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.

James Schiro, former Zurich head, dies

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – James Schiro, a US citizen who was well-known in American business circles in Switzerland, has died, age 68, following an illness and surgery. Schiro was widely considered responsible for bring insurance firm Zurich back to profitability when he took over as CEO. He worked for the company from 2002 to 2009.