Swiss banks part of 77,000 signed with US

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The US Treasury Department said Monday that 77,000 banks around the world have signed Fatca agreements under which they agree to supply information about US clients to American tax authorities. Switzerland signed a Fatca (Foreign Assets Tax Compliance Act) accord with the US last August. Forbes said in April that Fatca was […]

Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates

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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.

Suzi Levine ushers in digital ambassadorial age

US Ambassador Suzi Levine arrives in Bern (photo:: US Embassy)

US ambassador to Switzerland sworn in on e-reader BERN, SWITZERLAND – Suzi Levine officially took up duties as the new US ambassador to Switzerland 1 June, in a swearing-in ceremony in Washington DC where she took the oath of office on an electronic reader. Levine is the first US official to be sworn in on […]

Solar Impulse 2 flying this morning!

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – You can watch and track the maiden flight of Solar Impulse 2, the plane that will attempt to fly around the world on solar power only. It took off for its test flight early this morning in Payerne, canton Vaud.

Hot chocolate, wine hike and book break

Hot chocolate in the making, with fresh peppermint

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – I’ll be posting news here just occasionally for the next 10 days as I take a holiday break, using the back-to-back long weekends (Ascension now, Pentecost/Whit next). It’s a working holiday, with a book to finish and get to the printer: pub date is mid-August! Meanwhile, here are a […]

Geneva’s illegal resort taxis thumped

Maverick taxi doing Geneva airport-resort runs

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fines of up to CHF10,000 have been issued to illegal minibus drivers after police in Geneva this spring pulled in for questioning 11 operators of illegal taxis making runs between the airport in Geneva and the ski resorts of Nendaz and Verbier. The group was identified thanks to close work between customs […]

Geneva celebrates 200 years of being Swiss

Celebrations take place in four main locations (see programme)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – This weekend is the 200th anniversary of Geneva joining the Swiss Confederation and the party is on! The canton is holding a year-long celebration, but 1 June is the day when Swiss Confederation troops embarked at the Pont Noir and this weekend is filled with activities. The city is offering a number […]

Youth dies in Yverdon car crash

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A Neuchatel youth died Friday after he was injured in a Thursday evening car crash on the road from Yverdon-les-Bains to Champvent. He was on a stretch of road that curved left when, for reasons that are not yet clear, his car drifted to the right and up onto the grassy border […]

Obama’s foreign policy

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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.  

Long weekend: extra trains, traffic, weather, Vaud wines

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Ascension weekend begins this evening, with many people in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe taking a four-day weekend. Expect heavy traffic on the roads, so avoid peak travel times, suggests the Swiss Federal Highway Office. The CFF rail company is putting on extra trains to handle the increase in passengers. And […]