Inheritance tax initiative hits bump

BERN, SWITZERLAND – A Swiss popular initiative to tax inheritance, created by the left-wing Evangelical Party, ran into problems in parliament Wednesday 24 September. The initiative was drawn up to provide AVS funding, but the upper house voted not to support it today, 33-13, arguing that it steps on cantonal taxation rights. The initiative would […]

Highs and lows of the United Kingdom (Chappatte cartoon)

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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.

Mo puts on a running show!

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Mo Farah, Britain’s man for the marathon, put on a fine show for the last lap of the 10,000 metres in Zurich, at the European Athletics Championships. His gold medal finish dispelled any worries on the part of the public about the lasting impact of a recent tooth infection that led to […]

Death in Vevey: knife suicide

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man who was found dying of a knife wound inside a building near a shopping centre in the centre of Vevey at 14:00 Monday 21 July appears to have committed suicide, say canton Vaud police. The investigation has shown that the wound appears to have been self-inflicted, a case of “self-aggression”. […]

Jean de la Fontaine, Selected Fables

Aesop's Fables

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – There is one about a villager who finds a half-frozen snake outside in winter. He brings the beast in and warms it by the fire (with a delightful illustration by Gustave Dore of the anxious peasant with his wife and children looking on, concerned about the fate of the animal.

Lake Geneva news: Verbier ski, plane crash, drowning, taxes


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – News roundup from the Lake Geneva region and Switzerland: 4 valleys ski deal cancelled Things could change yet between now and winter but the 4 Valleys ski area is dead for now, said Televerbier authorities Monday, reported by regional newspaper Le Nouvelliste. The ski domain is Switzerland’s largest and the third largest […]

A History of Britain by Simon Schama

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – This is totally engrossing and very readable history. [More] …

Bern calls for legal change to allow tax data swaps

Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf

Separate measure would let Swiss banks get Swiss client data when tax evasion suspected BERN, SWITZERLAND – The end of Swiss banking secrecy moved significantly closer Wednesday, the result of Switzerland’s determination to keep its financial centre strong by adopting “the new global standard” in tax matters. The Federal Council voted to adopt negotiation mandates, […]

Weekend marred by accidents, Gotthard tunnel closed

TPG bus crashes into school, Lausanne chase Two cyclists hit in 24 hours in Geneva GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The weekend has been marred by a series of accidents, with a fatality in the Gotthard tunnel causing the closure of the main north-south route and prompting lines of several kilometres in both directions. A Geneva public […]

Bern sets quotas for Croatians

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government Wednesday announced, as expected, that as of 1 July Switzerland will put in place a quota system for Croatian workers: Croatia on that date becomes the 28th member of the European Union. The new system will provide for 50 one-year category B permits and 450 short-term category L permits. […]