Reactions to UN climate report flowing in

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The news is not comforting governments that believe they have been making an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: the latest UN report from IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in Geneva is stark in its assessment of the situation. It is also far richer in information than the previous report seven […]

US-Swiss banks, tax agreement rumoured “soon”


BERN, SWITZERLAND – Two Swiss government officials have now said an agreement between the US Department of Justice and 14 Swiss banks accused of helping US clients avoid taxes could be reached soon, according to Swiss news media. The Tribune de Genève’s front page story today cites Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf as saying outside […]

Geneva opts for tough-line public prosecutor

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva voters Sunday chose to keep Olivier Jornot as their public prosecutor for the next six years, by 64.2 percent. His election shows strong support for his strong line centre-right approach to the canton’s handling of criminals, with firm sentences for drugs and foreigners’ illegal presence in Switzerland. His opponent, Pierre Bayenet, […]

Lausanne voters refuse Beaulieu high-rise

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Voters in Lausanne Sunday 13 April refused a high-rise hotel and housing complex for the city-centre Beaulieu area, with 51.9 percent against and 48.08 percent voting yes. Turnout was relatively heavy at close to 38 percent. The planned Taoua Tower, which would have soared above the hilly but mainly low-rise city at […]

Kerry, Russians, Ukraine, EU to meet in Geneva

Kerry’s office says meeting to take place 17 April in Geneva GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Geneva 17 April to meet with officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union, his office announced Friday evening. It will be a “multilateral meeting … to discuss the ongoing situation in […]

Geneva consults public on plan to add 11,000 homes

Complex plan for Praille-Acacias-Vernets can be viewed to 12 May GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The PAV (Praille-Acacias-Vernets) plan to develop the 230-hectare industrial zone on the outskirts of Geneva has been posted online for public consultation, until 12 May. The major urban development plan has been a long time gestating, and the financing of part of […]

Geneva prison guards strike for 2 hours

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The guards at Geneva’s Champ-Dollon prison went on strike for two hours Thursday morning 10 April to protest the over-population and chronic shortage of staff. The prison is authorized to have 342 guards but is currently short 85. The prison was the scene of riots in February, over conditions. It houses about […]

Coppet-Chavannes autoroute junction gets funds


NYON / LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The badly saturated traffic situation around the Coppet autoroute exit has just received Chf4.8 million in funds, approved 8 April by the cantonal council. If you’re thinking this means more roads or lanes, you’re wrong: the road situation is now so saturated that the council is putting its money behind […]

Swiss to ban English

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government said Tuesday it will ban the use of English in Switzerland, effective 1 April starting at 15:05. The move is part of efforts to reunify the country in the wake of a divisive vote one month ago that will create a cap on immigration. Bern had threatened to put […]

Geneva-area French communities swing to right


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two towns on the outskirts of Geneva moved to the right during France’s weekend municipal elections where the Socialists suffered a major defeat. Annemasse’s Socialists survived the national shift, but Fernay-Voltaire and St-Julien both refused to keep Socialist mayors, voting in centre-right politicians. For an overview Goes ups is believe — […]