Swiss media weekend focus: daycare costs, Zug to US for Vasella

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A roundup of weekend news features from Swiss media: TagesAnzeiger on Daniel Vasella’s decision to move from Zug to the US notes that in Switzerland, everyone is pointing their finger at him. Vasella was famously scheduled to get a CHF72 million retirement deal when an outraged Swiss public forced him to give […]

FBAR assumptions add to media muddle over Hildebrand story

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two new wrinkles appeared Monday 23 January in Swiss media stories surrounding the resignation of Swiss National Bank Chairman Philipp Hildebrand. French-speaking Switzerland’s largest circulation newspaper Le Matin Dimanche yesterday picked up on vague suggestions that have been appearing in German-language media since early January that his wife Kashya, who is American, […]

Swiss business news highlights 20 July: pharma, oil spill, media

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – GenevaLunch is on a slow-news holiday schedule for the next two weeks, but to make sure you don’t miss key reports we’re bringing you highlights from some of the news beats, with links to original sources: EPFL plays key role in understanding Deepwater Horizon oil spill EPFL is playing a key role […]

Enduring urban political myths: USA on Swiss media

Two things only surprise in the latest batch of Wiki-Leaked US cables published Tuesday 11 January by the Guardian that relate to Switzerland: the enduring insistence of the US government in January 2006 over what it saw as the anti-US stance of Swiss media, and the confidential tag for a 13-point cable by Ambassador Pamela […]

US cables on Switzerland show few secrets, little trust


Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Guardian‘s latest batch of leaked cables from the US diplomatic bag include one sent by then-Ambassador Pamela Pitzer Willeford in January 2006, an assessment of how good a friend Switzerland was to the US government. Switzerland was deemed to be a cooler friend than Liechtenstein, which comes across as a […]

Shock of Hayek’s death wears off, Swiss ponder his legacy

Nicholas Hayek turned a staid watchmaking industry on its head, left entrepreneurial legacy [swissinfo video]  Bienne, Switzerland ( – The most startling thing about the death Monday of Nicholas Hayek, founder of Swatch, might be the extent to which it caught everyone by surprise, despite the fact he was 82 years old. Politicians, business leaders and […]

Edipresse ends 2009 in red as media crisis continues

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The cheering news for Swiss media last week that advertising sales were up slightly in March was wiped out Monday morning 26 April by news that Edipresse, the largest media company in French-speaking Switzerland, ended 2009 in the red. The company, which has operations in several countries outside Switzerland, posted a […]

Happy April Fool’s Day!


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Spring has arrived in canton Vaud! And if you believe that you’ll believe all the good things in the Swiss news today, such as the International Olympic Committee moving to Zurich (Lausanne Cite) and the new requirement for dog car seats, effective 1 January (24 Heures, Fre).

Swiss print newspapers’ circulations inch up


Zurich/Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Swiss newspapers’ print versions are seeing their circulations rise, albeit a slight 0.6 percent. The most recent figures from the Remp survey, done by the Swiss advertising media’s independent research organization, shows that 92.4% of Swiss people over age 14 read a newspaper “more or less regularly,” without defining the frequency. […]

US and Swiss negotiators in UBS/IRS case given another week

Update 2  Florida, USA; Bern and Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The bell hasn’t yet quite tolled for anyone in the US court case where the IRS is asking for names of UBS bank clients. Judge Alan Gold in Miami late Friday 7 August, Swiss time, gave the two governments another week, until 12 August and […]