Israeli defense minister retiring from politics

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, says he is retiring from political life, a decision he made some time ago but put off announcing because of Operation Pillar of Defense”, Israel’s name for its attacks on the Gaza Strip earlier this month. Barak told journalists at a press conference Monday 26 November that […]

Sports, football: Basel’s Frei to retire

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Basel FC 1893 striker Alexander Frei, Switzerland’s all-time top scorer, says he is retiring when his contract at the Basel club ends in June 2013. Frei is 33. “I can look back on a wonderful career and there’s even still a chance to add another league title. It was very important for […]

Raymond Baer quits Julius Baer board as chairman


Last of the founding Baer family members to end senior role ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – One of Switzerland’s oldest and most successful private banks, Julius Baer, will see the end of direct ties with members of its founding family at the 11 April annual general meeting (AGM). Raymond Baer, 52, said Monday he will not stand […]

Hillary Clinton to step off “hire wire” job: surprise, non-surprise and kudos

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Hillary Clinton’s offhand announcement, at the tail end of a Town Hall meeting in Washington, Thursday 26 January, that she’ll leave her post as Secretary of State when the president has time to name a replacement came as a big surprise to many while others wondered why it is news, since it’s […]

Sports, skiing: Didier Cuche to retire after this season


BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss ski star Didier Cuche, who was named Swiss Person of the Year earlier this week by thousands of television viewers, announced Thursday afternoon that he will retire from the sport at the end of this season. The 37-year-old’s decision came as no surprise. But Cuche is not just one of the […]

What Usain Bolt really said

One of the things that I like best about being a journalist is going to meetings with people in the news and hearing what they really said, rather than what other journalists write up afterwards about what they said. It’s not that we journalists get it wrong (well, sometimes we do) , so much as […]

N Korean top official rumoured to be leaving Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Ri Tcheul (also spelled Chol) 75-year-old North Korean diplomat who has been ambassador to the United Nations and international organizations since 1987 and ambassador to Switzerland as well since 1998, is rumoured to be leaving Geneva soon. The North Korean mission has not confirmed or denied the information. AP news agency […]

Bob Lutz’s secret slips out at the Geneva Motor Show

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Bob Lutz, age 78, a vice-chairman of General Motors, is retiring 1 May – but the announcement hasn’t happened quite as planned, with the news slipping out at the Geneva Motor Show, which Lutz is attending. Lutz had planned to make the announcement Thursday 4 March, reports the Detroit Free Press, […]

Swiss social security, leaving Switzerland

The Swiss government provides two useful brochures for people working here who are considering relocating or retiring elsewhere. Both are in pdf format and can be downloaded: Social Security in Switzerland, January 2010 update Leaving Switzerland and Moving to an EU or EFTA country Additional information is available from the Swiss-EU Liaison Office.

Zurich’s EPFZ research head resigns over results falsification report


Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Peter Chen, head of research at Switzerland’s EPFZ (ETHZ in German)  polytechnic institute in Zurich, has resigned effective the end of September, the university has announced. “There are suspicions that scientific data may have been falsified in two publications and a doctoral thesis in 1999 and 2000,” the EPFZ press release […]