Swiss Info

Tue, 28 Sep 2021 07:16:07 GMT
SWISS to sack workers unwilling to get Covid jab
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is warning flight staff that they will be fired from the end of January unless they have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Cockpit and cabin crew who need more time to make the decision could initially stop work...

Mon, 27 Sep 2021 12:44:00 GMT
UBS tax evasion appeal verdict delayed in Paris
Swiss bank UBS will have to wait until December 13 to see if its appeal against a French €4.5 billion (CHF4.9 billion) tax evasion penalty is successful. The long-awaited verdict was due on Monday, but the Paris court postponed its decision becaus...

Mon, 27 Sep 2021 11:02:00 GMT
Falcon first bank to face money laundering trial in Switzerland
A Swiss bank has been taken to court to answer for alleged money-laundering offences for the first time in Switzerland. Falcon Private Bank, which has ceased operations, is accused of helping one of its former directors to embezzle $3.8 million (CHF...

Sun, 26 Sep 2021 13:41:00 GMT
Climate protection enshrined in cantonal constitution
Voters have decided to commit the Bern cantonal government to a policy of zero greenhouse emissions and climate protection. The amended constitutional clause demands that the cantonal and local authorities take steps to slow down climate change and ...

Sun, 26 Sep 2021 13:23:00 GMT
Canton Uri says “no” to voting rights for 16-year-olds
Citizens in canton Uri have decided against lowering the legal voting age to 16, the latest setback for supporters of youth suffrage in Switzerland. A clear 68.4% of voters in the central Swiss region rejected on Sunday a proposal to change the cant...

Sun, 26 Sep 2021 12:31:36 GMT
Supporters of foreigner voting rights suffer setback
Voters in canton Solothurn have thrown out a proposal to give its more than 100 municipalities the right to grant non-Swiss residents a say in local matters. Official results from Sunday's ballot show 73.2% of voters rejecting the left-wing initiati...

Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:42:00 GMT
Demonstrators in Swiss cities join Global Climate Strike
Thousands of people in several Swiss cities joined a Global Climate Strike day of protest, just weeks before the COP26 environmental summit. They responded to an international appeal from the “Fridays for Future” movement, whose activities had b...

Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:45:00 GMT
Swiss ministers offer to extend free Covid test deadline
The Swiss government plans to end free Covid tests for everyone after October 10, extending a previous deadline by ten days. After October 10, it only plans to finance free testing until the end of November for people who have received a first dose ...

Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:48:00 GMT
Ancient oil amphora found in Swiss riverbed
An archaeologist in Aegerten, northwest Switzerland, recently discovered a 2,000-year-old amphora, a ceramic vessel that was used to transport olive oil in Roman times. The amphora was found this spring in the bed of the old Zihl river. It was large...

Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:17:00 GMT
WHO approves Roche/Regeneron Covid-19 treatment
The World Health Organization (WHO) has backed a Covid-19 treatment developed by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche and United States biotech company Regeneron. WHO also made it clear that it wants both companies to make the treatment available to low...

Fri, 24 Sep 2021 08:27:43 GMT
Rubber bullets fired at Covid protesters in Swiss capital
Police in the federal capital Bern again used water cannon and rubber bullets against participants in an unauthorised Covid demonstration on Thursday evening. Some 800 people took part in the protest against government anti-Covid restrictions. This ...

Thu, 23 Sep 2021 16:42:00 GMT
Switzerland pledges further humanitarian aid to Yemen
Switzerland will boost its humanitarian aid contribution to Yemen by another CHF1 million, Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. This comes on top of the CHF14 million ($15 million) alrea...

Thu, 23 Sep 2021 15:14:00 GMT
European research access vital for Swiss universities
Switzerland’s top universities and research institutes have called on the government to intensify efforts to regain access to European Union research collaborations. Switzerland has been relegated to “non-associated third party” status in the ...

Thu, 23 Sep 2021 14:31:00 GMT
No major Swiss family-owned firm is led by a woman, study finds
The 16 largest family-owned companies based in Switzerland generate a combined turnover of roughly CHF245 billion ($265 billion) and employ over 567,000 people, says a new audit by consulting firm EY and the University of St Gallen. However, none of ...

Thu, 23 Sep 2021 10:39:00 GMT
Swiss central bank chairman resumes duties after health scare
Swiss central bank chairman, Thomas Jordan, has returned from minor heart surgery to announce that interest rates will remain unchanged, despite increased inflation fears. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) said on Thursday it would keep interest rates i...

Thu, 23 Sep 2021 08:26:00 GMT
President says Switzerland has invested heavily in the EU
President Guy Parmelin said high-level talks with the European Union must resume, after the vice-president of the European Commission for Inter-institutional Relations, Maroš Šefčovič, suggested that outstanding Swiss contributions to the Cohesio...

Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:14:00 GMT
Bye bye Bern: Moutier to join canton Jura by 2026
The cantons of Bern and Jura have signed a road map on the politically delicate issue of how the town of Moutier will move from canton Bern to neighbouring canton Jura. The aim is for the switch to take place by 2026 at the latest, the two cantons s...

Wed, 22 Sep 2021 15:45:00 GMT
Parliament approves strengthening European border agency
The Swiss parliament has backed greater commitment to protecting the external borders of Europe’s Schengen zone. On Wednesday it passed a government decision to increase Switzerland’s contribution to the EU’s European Border and Coast Guard Ag...

Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:02:00 GMT
Pressure mounts to keep free Covid tests
The Swiss government is facing increasing pressure to maintain free tests against Covid-19. A parliamentary health committee on Wednesday demanded the government review its plans to make people pay for asymptomatic tests. It said free tests were a ...

Wed, 22 Sep 2021 13:13:34 GMT
Parliament rejects blanket ban on tobacco ads
The Swiss parliament has agreed new advertising and sponsorship regulations for tobacco products. However, the supporters of a total ban on tobacco advertising are unimpressed. The long-running debate was heated until the end, with the political lef...

Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:48:00 GMT
Campaigners want better access to education for immigrants
An alliance of non-governmental groups has called for improved access to education for refugees in Switzerland. The groups said they had collected more than 17,000 signatures for a non-binding petition, demanding a right to education regardless of t...

Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:07:00 GMT
Solidarity vital to overcome crises, Swiss president tells UN
Guy Parmelin, who holds the rotating Swiss presidency this year, has called for solidarity to tackle global environmental and trade issues. Addressing the United Nations general assembly in New York, Parmelin said the Covid pandemic had entrenched p...

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:27:00 GMT
Fourth Covid wave has ‘not yet broken’
The rates of new Covid infections and hospital admissions have fallen in Switzerland over the past week. But the overall situation remains tense, and the vaccination rate is still too slow, say health officials. “The situation has continued to cal...

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 12:52:57 GMT
Swiss travel industry delighted about opening of US borders
Swiss businesses are rubbing their hands over the planned opening of United States borders to fully vaccinated Europeans, having been shut out for 18 months. Tour operators are already receiving the first bookings. “We’re pleased that holidays i...

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 11:18:00 GMT
Swiss campaigners launch new basic income plan
Five years after voters roundly rejected the idea, campaigners have again launched a people’s initiative aimed at introducing an unconditional basic income for all in Switzerland. This time they say they have clarified how it will be financed. The...

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:08:00 GMT
Parliament accepts principle of organ donation consent
The Swiss parliament has agreed to reform the national organ donation system, moving from explicit to presumed consent. The issue is due to go to a nationwide vote at a later date. On Monday, the Senate followed an earlier vote by the House of Repre...

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:01:44 GMT
Alzheimer cases will more than double by 2050
On World Alzheimer’s Day Swiss organisations have called for better framework conditions for the prevention, research and treatment of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. They also expressed alarm at the ever-growing number of cases. About ...

Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:15:00 GMT
Legal proceedings dropped against AFD’s Alice Weidel over alleged donations
German prosecutors have closed the illegal donations case involving the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party co-leader Alice Weidel, it has been reported. Germany had asked Switzerland for legal assistance concerning the affair. According t...

Mon, 20 Sep 2021 13:04:00 GMT
Swiss admit shortcomings in protection of children
Switzerland could “do more” to prevent violence against young children, a top Swiss official admitted to a United Nations panel of experts reviewing the country's child rights record. Switzerland ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the C...

Mon, 20 Sep 2021 10:26:00 GMT
Gambling bans spike in Switzerland
The number of gamblers banned from Swiss casinos rose sharply last year to over 10,000, driven by the growth in online gambling sites, the Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag has reported. At the end of last year, a total of 72,322 people were banned fro...

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