Tips for travelers GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Trains are longer and more crowded than usual thanks to the car show, which opens to the public Thursday 6 March. Here are a few tips to make your journey smoother if you’re part of the crowd: Keep a close eye on your luggage at all times. That said, […]
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – I’m off to enjoy the Geneva Motor Show this morning and will file photos as the Wow Factor sets in, from Palexpo. Other news will be delayed until this evening.
Free movement of people agreements to remain “fully” in place for 3 years BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga told the European Union’s Justice and Home Affairs Council in Brussels Monday that while voters in Switzerland 9 February opted for a change of system involving quotas, the country “has three years to implement […]
BERN, SWITZERLAND – The law on insurance coverage, in particular the deductible a pregnant woman has to pay, changed 1 March, RTS notes in a report today. The sometimes costly coverage distinctions have ended that were based on whether the insurer decided it was sickness or pregnancy that was taken into consideration. RTS points out […]
Friends group tries to put together bid GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – French-speaking Switzerland’s main quality newspaper, Le Temps, has seen four offers from outsiders fall through since its owners announced in mid-2013 that the newspaper is for sale. This week a fifth group announced it is trying to put together a bid: le Cercle des amis […]
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Donald Beyer, US ambassador to Switzerland who returned to the US in May 2013, is running for Congress in Virginia. The Chapel Hill businessman, who is also a former lieutenant governor of the state of Virginia, kicked off his campaign 3 March at a meeting with a women’s group at the car […]
BASEL, SWITZERLAND – A 41-year-old Swiss man from Fribourg was caught importing two rare birds, listed as endangered by CITES (international convention on endangered species), when border guards near Basel checked the spare tire in the trunk of his car. He had packed the two Lilac-crowned Amazone parakeets into wooden boxes and hidden them inside […]
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Rail traffic to Zermatt was closed Tuesday morning 4 March until 10:00 following an avalanche between Taesch and the resort. The avalanche went off spontaneously at about 02:00, say Valais police. The road to Zermatt was closed Tuesday morning and has been re-opened only partially for people with permits while the area […]