Beware Geneva’s pickpockets

Watch your belongings, especially in crowded areas

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Pickpockets are busy again in Geneva, so keep an eye on your belongings. Police in the city trailed and caught a group of five Romanians working as a gang Thursday afternoon, after they attempted unsuccessfully to steal an older woman’s handbag but managed to take another woman’s cell phone. Police observed both […]

The European Union today (Chappatte cartoon)

The European Union today Chappatte

©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.

Geneva is now home to Arms Trade Treaty

Swiss artist Hans Erni's peace freso, on the front wall of the United Nations European headquarters

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva is the new home to the Arms Trade Treaty, after 121 governments approved its nomination, at the ATT conference this week in Cancun, Mexico. The vote to name Geneva the headquarters for the treaty passed despite concerns in Switzerland that Geneva would suffer the consequences of the high Swiss franc. Reuters […]

You weren’t dreaming, it was a hot summer!

Beaches around Lake Geneva are dry as tinderboxes

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – With a gloriously sunny and yes, hot again, weekend ahead of us, we can now safely say it really was a hot summer, Meteo Swiss reports. The forecast for the last three days of the month is for temperatures above 30C and sunshine. Taking that into account, August 2015 will be the […]

Ambassador LeVine’s take on tax fraud, Fifa

Source: "Cecil the lion" by Daughter#3 - https://www.flickr.com/photos/daughter3986851963/4516561242/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cecil_the_lion.jpg#/media/File:Cecil_the_lion.jpg

Ambassador makes ghostly appearance – not her fault, though Cecil the lion, 2010 (Source: “Cecil the lion” by Daughter#3 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/daughter3986851963/4516561242) GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Bloomberg carries an interview with US Ambassador to Switzerland Suzy Levine, which is mainly a rehash of old reliable headline “tax dodger hunt” stories with bits and pieces […]

Swiss news roundup: Fifa, seeds, car stamps, flying, foreigners

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Headline news this week in Switzerland Swiss to decide on Fifa extraditions in September The six Fifa (world football federation) officials arrested in June in Zurich at the request of a New York court will learn in September if Switzerland will indeed extradite them to face US charges. The Justice Ministry has […]

Cryptic Crossword No 274 by Chalicea

No 273 solution

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – If you prefer to work on the interactive version or to print a pdf of the crossword, click on this LINK. Best Friends Across clues are of a kind and have no definitions. Across     7  Crossword compiler (6)     8  An assiduous follower (6)     9  Secret look […]

The 2015 crisis (Chappatte cartoon)

The 2015 crisis Chappatte_250815

©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.

More cross border workers, mystery of lower pay for women

French-Swiss border, mid-lake

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The number of workers crossing the border into Switzerland for their jobs increased by 3.4 percent in Q2 2015 – with one-third of the nation’s cross-border workers in Geneva, where the increase was 5.1 percent. The figures are for the second quarter of 2015, compared to the same period a year earlier. […]

Zurich, world markets fall more than 7%

Beijing buildings traffic_080615

Dow Jones drops 1000 points at opening, some recovery ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – By 16:00 Monday the stock market in Zurich was down  more than 7.11 percent, in line with other major European markets, as fears surfaced about a Chinese economic growth slowdown. The Monday slide follows a week with the biggest drop in four years, […]