US’s Kerry, Iran’s Zarif in Montreux Thursday

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Lausanne 12 March to meet Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif “, presumably in Montreux, as part of the ongoing EU-coordinated P5+1 nuclear negotiations”, the US Mission in Geneva has announced. The pair resumed talks last week and on Wednesday said they would meet again […]

Geneva vote recount for police reform


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Canton Geneva’s chancellor is asking for a recount of the weekend vote on reforming the police force. Geneva voters opted for a complete overhaul of the police organization – but with only 42 more yes than no votes, the president of the electoral commission and the chancellor agreed to count all votes […]

The temptation of Isis (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2015 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.

News roundup: Swiss weekend votes, Uber, Fifa, euro impact

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – I’m back from five intense days of wine-tasting for Ellen’s Wine World; here’s what’s been happening in local and Swiss news: Energy tax – thumbs down Swiss voters gave a loud “no” – a record 92% refused it – to a tax on energy use, proposed by the political Left, Sunday 8 […]

Switzerland, Australia agree to automatic tax info swap

First such agreement for the Swiss BERN, SWITZERLAND – Australia has the  honour of being the first country with which Switzerland has agreed to automatically exchange tax information. The two countries initialed the agreement in Canberra 3 March. “In accordance with their commitment to the Global Forum, Switzerland and Australia intend to start collecting data […]

Drones and anti-drones, the talk of Geneva

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Kerry-Lavrov meeting reports: hope for Ukraine solution GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – International meetings of a “sensitive” nature in Geneva and Montreux are behind a ban on drones in several parts of cantons Geneva and Vaud during the month of March. It’s the first such move, taken by the cantons with the Federal Aviation Department. Human Rights […]

French chase drone-flyers

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – For the second night in a row, at least five drones have been spotted over Paris at night, in areas considered sensitive, for example near the US Embassy. Authorities managed to film some of them Tuesday night, and are now searching for the people behind them. Drones cannot be flown in urban […]

Switzerland, Italy sign tax deal

Financial advisers not responsible for clients’ crimes BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland and Italy will have a new tax deal protocol that implements OECD standards and states that financial advisers who have not committed crimes themselves are not responsible for the tax crimes of their clients. It also addresses numerous tax issues for cross-border workers. The […]

News in brief: dance, climate, Chinese bank, meds

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss news stories in brief: Geneva hosting first round of talks for new climate deal This is a week of intense climate talks in Geneva, with the first round of talks since Lima in December 2014, where a 39-page document was established with the main lines that should be included in a […]

Swiss media praise for US ambassador

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – It’s rare for a political appointment to the ranks of foreign ambassadors to garner media attention in Switzerland, but US Ambassador Suzi LeVine is making a name for herself. “Speedy Suzi” has so impressed the Swiss diplomatic staff in Bern and in the US with her high level of activity and her […]