Payot changes Geneva’s bookscape


City-centre store with 4 floors, café, large English section GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Geneva has just been endowed with its own version of a mega bookstore, with the grand opening this weekend of the new Payot in the city centre. The bookstore closed two shops, at Chantepoulet and rue du Marché, combining them […]

Vacation break

Swiss Alps February 2015

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – is taking a short break to celebrate a Gran’s 90th birthday. Back on Monday. Enjoy the beautiful Swiss weather!

SwissLeaks, naming names


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – The nastiest surprise for Swiss banks in some months is waking up to what has been labeled “SwissLeaks” by a group of 140 journalists working for 55 media around the world. The “Swiss” bank at the centre of the joint investigative journalism project is the Swiss subsidiary of HSBC, […]

Whither the Swiss economy

Drenched and no one to play with - one soggy Ticino dog Monday, not exactly a look-alike for the guard dog image

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Stay tuned: every group that provides forecasts for the Swiss economy is scrambling to revise these, in the wake of Thursday’s end to a euro cap for the Swiss franc. Plenty of anecdotal evidence is surfacing on social media about cross-border mortgages and small exporters’ woes. Swiss media are busy […]

Welcome to 2015!

Happy New Year from your editor, basking on a warm oceanfront in Thailand – a bit unfair, judging by weather reports from Switzerland. Here’s the news you need to help you over the 2014-2015 hurdle, in the Lake Geneva region.

Open letter to a fool on a motorbike

Villeneuve A9 bridge being demolished, spring 2014

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you cover police news regularly, as I do, it’s impossible not to notice the number of motorcycle accidents. A 25-year-old man was sent to hospital in Geneva in critical condition Saturday shortly after 18:00 when he lost control of his bike on the rue de Chêne-Bougeries, touched the corner of a […]

The strangely incestual world of Swiss media

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Le Temps now belongs to Ringier. Plus ça change … instead of the country’s two largest media companies owning the main French language paper, one of them owns it. Will there be layoffs? What are the plans for the future, for an investment in digital development, for example? Too […]

Journalist shot in Afghanistan mourned in Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Journalists at the United Nations in Geneva and members of the Swiss Foreign Press Association stated their shock and sorrow this weekend at the death of Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, who had been accredited at the Palais since 2002 and whose base was the Geneva office of I’ve […]

Lausanne gets bum rap for cleaning up drugs


LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – It’s an old saw that you can make the same statistics back opposing arguments, and Swiss crime statistics published yesterday offered us just that. Lausanne was vilified in at least one media as the crime capital of Switzerland – and yet praised elsewhere for its success in fighting crime. […]

Gazing into elephant’s eyes

Shirley Mathu elephant calf

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – A disturbing question raises its head when you read the continuing stories about elephant slaughter: if these animals are so smart, why do they allow themselves to be killed in such numbers? The question becomes embarrassing when you look at Syria or the Central African Republic or any number […]