News break

GenevaLunch news will start again when I’m back from Cuba 10 August. Enjoy your summer! – Ellen

Expats who live abroad vs those who never leave home

Beijing buildings traffic_080615

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Journalists beware: the annual Mercer rankings for expensive cities came out Wednesday, but this year the arrival of Chinese and other Asian cities underlines the serious mistake of giving the figures credence, for readers at large. The numbers are meaningless, unless you have a fat corporation behind you when […]

Heavy rains: a brief pause

New oak leaves suddenly opened Saturday, in mountain areas

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – The heavy rainfall throughout Switzerland this weekend has caused some flooding but there was a brief and beautiful pause on Saturday in many areas. Chablais, on the Vaud-Valais border, was one of the hardest hit areas, but the combination of spring melt in the mountains and heavy rains caused […]

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 […]