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Why Switzerland’s war crimes office is dragging its feet

Do, 01/31/2019 - 12:00
Seven years after Switzerland’s war crimes office was established, it still has not completed any cases and one of its detainees has been in jail for more than four years without trial. What’s behind the inaction?  Prosecutor Laurence Boillat is a former head of the war crimes unit who says she was fired for thinking the body should do more.  “We were quickly made to understand that the unit was not going to be very important, because we were…not even five full-time posts,” she says. “Yet we were very motivated.” Currently, two people under investigation by the war crimes unit are in detention, namely former Gambian interior minister Ousman Sonko and former Liberian rebel leader Alieu Kosiah, who has been in jail in Switzerland for more than four years.  Quickly overwhelmed  Changes to Swiss law meant that in 2011 responsibility for international crimes  such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide was transferred from the military to the civil justice authorities, ...
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When Indian food made me an undesirable tenant

Do, 01/31/2019 - 09:00
University student Shubhangi was shocked and upset when her landlady asked her to stop cooking traditional Indian food. I was not allocated university housing due to huge demand.  Hence, I was forced spend countless hours looking for alternative accommodation in Zurich. After encountering some very nice people, a few scammers and a lot of competition, I finally landed a contract for an apartment that I thought was perfect for me. It had everything I needed: proximity to my university, reasonable rent, private bathroom and nearby supermarkets. I visited the place on my second day in Switzerland and had a chat with the landlady with whom I would be sharing the apartment. She was an 85-year-old lady who seemed nice. I signed the contract without any reservations.  For more blog posts and information on studying in Switzerland visit our dedicated page Education Swiss Made.  One week into the undefined rental term, things were going well. The lady would sometimes help me with my ...
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US squeezes Venezuela: what now for oil?

Mi, 01/30/2019 - 21:15
The US this week placed sanctions on Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). The US Treasury prohibited US individuals and companies from transacting with the state-owned oil company, while all of the company’s property was blocked. The aim is to cut off revenues to PDVSA to put pressure on President Nicolás Maduro, leader of Venezuela since 2013, who the US no longer recognises as the country’s president. How will sanctions hit oil supplies? The sanctions are likely to mean more of a disruption to crude flows than a loss of supply to world markets. Venezuela’s oil industry has been under-funded and mismanaged for a long time. Output was slightly more than 1.1m barrels per day in December, according to Opec, sharply down from 2.4m b/d earlier in the decade. It accounts for a little over 1 per cent of world oil supply. The sanctions are aimed at blocking the flow of about 500,000 b/d of Venezuelan crude to the US, by preventing any American companies or individuals paying money to PDVSA.
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Swiss venture capital breaks CHF1bn barrier for first time

Mi, 01/30/2019 - 17:31
Start-up companies have long complained of a venture capital drought in Switzerland. In the past, some firms were forced to relocate abroad in search of funding. But investors appear to have caught the Swiss bug – bringing more than CHF1 billion ($1 billion) into the country for the first time in 2018. Investors poured CHF1.24 billion into emerging Swiss firms last year, an increase of 32% from 2017 – and three times the volume of funds from 2013 (see chart below). The tide of funding is moving away from biotech and medtech towards computer technology (ICT) and fintech (financial technology) firms (see chart below). In Switzerland, ICT and fintech funding combined represented 55% of all investments, compared to 22% five years previously. The rise of ICT and fintech as venture capital magnets is mirrored across Europe. But the effect is even greater in some other countries. When looking at the largest 20 VC deals, ICT accounted for 70% of investments flowing into France last ...
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Locarno’s new director unveils plans for the next festival

Mi, 01/30/2019 - 12:00
The Locarno Film Festival has a new director. Since December 1 last year, Lili Hinstin, 42, has taken up the challenge to maintain the relevance of Switzerland's most prestigious film festival. She has big plans. Hinstin replaces Carlo Chatrian, who was appointed director of the Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival) just before the start of Locarno’s last edition, in August 2018 – when the festival also signed a gender-parity pledge that is being adopted by many other film festivals around the world.  Indeed, the appointment of Hinstin is certainly a gesture in this direction, even if she is not the first woman to lead the festival (Irene Bignardi reigned from 2000 to 2005). Yet the former director of the Belfort International Film Festival (EntreVues) in France is an experienced programmer and film producer in her own right. Born and raised in Paris, Hinstin comes from a family marked by curious entanglements within French history and arts.  One of her great-grandfathers was an ...
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Zurich: Kindergarten kids to get data protection lessons

Mi, 01/30/2019 - 11:32
Children in canton Zurich aged as young as 4 to 9 could soon be learning about data protection and privacy issues, in one of the first projects of its kind in Europe. The teaching material has been developed by the Zurich University of Teacher Education (PHZH) at the request of the canton’s data protection watchdog, Bruno Baeriswyl, who believes that young people in particular are not enough aware of the consequences of sharing personal data. It will be tested in spring this year and will become part of teacher training courses in the canton from autumn onwards, according to a statement released by the watchdog on Monday. Privacy, a fundamental right, is part of a free and democratic society – and younger children need to know what privacy is, Baeriswyl told Swiss public radio SRF. But children also need to know what happens when they put private information out into the public sphere, he added. Abstract topic made simple One module entitled “Secrets are allowed” (Geheimnisse ...
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‘Let’s preserve the landscape we’ve inherited’

Mi, 01/30/2019 - 09:50
For the promoters of the "Stop urban sprawl" initiative, the freezing of building zones is necessary to preserve the heritage of future generations. And it would not prevent the country from continuing to develop. ​​​​​​​The initiative thus completes the legal framework laid down by the Land Use Planning Act by allowing sustainable soil preservation. Arable land is a unique and rare resource that we must preserve and use with a global and responsible vision: this is the reasoning behind the "Stop urban sprawl" initiative. Concrete consumes good soil Every year in Switzerland, an area equivalent to 1.5 times the size of the city of Geneva gets covered with concrete. Road infrastructure, individual dwellings, car parks, empty housing and oversized industrial areas attack green spaces and good land. Thus, 90% of current urbanisation is taking place on good land: fields, gardens, orchards and vineyards are being replaced by excavators. This leads to the disappearance of our ...
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‘Initiative against urban sprawl is unnecessary and harmful’

Mi, 01/30/2019 - 09:50
The Green Party's initiative to curb urban sprawl is too radical and risks blocking further development in Switzerland, argues Hans-Ulrich Bigler. The national parliamentarian from the centre-right Radical-Liberal party is also a leading member of the Zurich chapter of the organisation representing house owners. The initiative against urban sprawl proposed by the youth section of the Green party demands nothing less than the freezing of current construction zones. This radical requirement has not had any support in parliament. Even the leftwing Social Democratic Party did not succeed in uniting behind it. The centrist Liberal Greens do not agree with it either. The “no” is so clear that one can even refer to it as a slap for the initiators. ​​​​​​​ The initiative is superfluous, unnecessary and even harmful. It allows the creation of new building zones only if an area of at least equivalent size and comparable potential agricultural yield value has been compensated from a ...
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Support for environmental initiative drops away

Mi, 01/30/2019 - 07:00
A people’s initiative to curb urban sprawl in Switzerland has lost backing ahead of next month’s nationwide vote. Pollsters expect a majority of voters to reject the proposal by the youth chapter of the Green Party. The latest survey, which was published on Wednesday, found the initiative losing 16% compared with a previous poll carried out by the leading GfS Bern research institute a month earlier. It currently has the support of 47% of respondents. For further details see chart and info box below. Lukas Golder, GfS Bern director, says opponents of the initiative currently only have a slight edge over supporters with 49% but all indicators point to more than 50% of No votes on February 10. “The changes from the first to the second poll are quite significant and rejection of the initiative is likely,” the political scientist added. Pollsters found respondents close to leftwing parties and parts of the political right coming out in favour, typically also women and residents ...
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Zinke ditches ‘hateful’ politics for blockchain future

Di, 01/29/2019 - 12:00
Former United States Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says blockchain holds more future promise than politics, in an interview with swissinfo.ch during a recent visit to Switzerland. Two weeks after leaving the Trump administration, Zinke was appointed Managing Director of US investment firm Artillery One. The company is active in Switzerland, having tried unsuccessfully to buy digital payments firm Monetas, a deal that acrimoniously collapsed last year. Zinke’s two-year tenure in high political office attracted criticism for his environmental record and allegations of cronyism. Artillery One founder Daniel Cannon has also courted controversy during his career in finance. swissinfo.ch fintech coverage  Fintech is changing the face of global finance. From bitcoin to blockchain, the Swiss financial centre is gearing up to the challenges and opportunities of the new wave of digital technology. The blockchain innovation is touching practically every industry, from logistics to ...
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Zinke ditches ‘hateful’ politics for blockchain future

Di, 01/29/2019 - 12:00
Former United States Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says blockchain holds more future promise than politics, in an interview with swissinfo.ch during a recent visit to Switzerland. Two weeks after leaving the Trump administration, Zinke was appointed Managing Director of US investment firm Artillery One. The company is active in Switzerland, having tried unsuccessfully to buy digital payments firm Monetas, a deal that acrimoniously collapsed last year. Zinke’s two-year tenure in high political office attracted criticism for his environmental record and allegations of cronyism. Artillery One founder Daniel Cannon has also courted controversy during his career in finance. swissinfo.ch fintech coverage  Fintech is changing the face of global finance. From bitcoin to blockchain, the Swiss financial centre is gearing up to the challenges and opportunities of the new wave of digital technology. The blockchain innovation is touching practically every industry, from logistics to ...
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How the Swiss National Bank will raise interest rates

Mo, 01/28/2019 - 18:00
Voices in Switzerland criticising the monetary policy of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) are getting louder. In particular, many economists consider negative interest rates – reserved for the worst crises – increasingly absurd. Yet raising interest rates is not without risks. A cunning plan is needed – and fortunately one exists.  The last time the SNB raised interest rates was back in 2007. And it will do it again, probably in 2020. But the question is not when but how, since it will be complicated.  Fabio Canetg is a macroeconomist at the University of Bern. He wrote this article with the support of Daniel Kaufmann. Before the financial crisis of 2007-2008, the SNB guided interest rates with so-called repurchase agreements (repos). These instruments were effective because commercial banks were in a structural liquidity deficit. This means that banks had to borrow money from the SNB to fulfil their minimum reserve requirements. The price of money, the interest rate, was ...
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The treasures of the Swiss Federal Art Collections

Mo, 01/28/2019 - 16:33
As part of its art sponsorship programme, the Federal Office of Culture has acquired thousands of works of art. Until now, only a few had access to the collection. A large portion will soon be made accessible in digital form to the public. (SRF, swissinfo.ch) Of the 11,500 objects in the Swiss Federal Art Collections, approximately half are housed in the Bern Collections Centre.  Of the collection, around 6,500 works are on permanent loan to Swiss museums while around 4,500 decorate the chambers of parliamentarians, the Federal Administration and the Swiss embassies abroad. Since the end of 2018, the Federal Office of Culture has started to make available online works from the Federal Art Collection and the Gottfried Keller Foundation Collection on the online platform "E-Pics" of ETH Zurich. The digitalisation work will be completed in 2020.
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Did terrorists once plot to blow up the Swiss government? 

Mo, 01/28/2019 - 12:00
Was it a real anarchist conspiracy or a fabrication by a lone German hairdresser? In the first part of a four-part series telling the little-known story of anarchist attacks in Switzerland, we look at a 19th century plot to blow up the federal government in Bern.   As Swiss president Karl Schenk sorted through his mail on January 26, 1885, he got a big fright. An anonymous letter warned that anarchists were planning to "blow up the government buildings during a plenary session of the federal cabinet".  It said that 17 men had volunteered to "do the terrible job", there were supplies of dynamite and a timer in place, and that there were enough explosives on hand "to destroy Bern".   The writer, who signed himself "Number 5", was apparently a repentant terrorist. "I am horrified at the thought of being an accomplice to this terrible crime,” he wrote, “so at the urging of my dear wife, I am making this confession." He finished with this recommendation: "Have the government building ...
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Anarchy, war crimes and militias

So, 01/27/2019 - 13:00
Here are some of the stories out of Switzerland we'll be covering the week of January 28, 2019. Monday Switzerland has been home to numerous anarchist movements over the years. We begin a series about Swiss anarchy with a story about a plot against government buildings in the early 20th century. Tuesday In his first media interview since quitting the Trump administration, former US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tells swissinfo.ch why he left a "hateful, angry" Washington, DC to concentrate on the future technology of blockchain. Wednesday Lili Hinstin, the new director of the Locarno Film Festival, discusses her vision for the Switzerland’s premier cinema event. Thursday A lawyer with a Swiss body tasked with bringing suspected war criminals such as former Gambian minister Ousman Sonko to trial criticises the organisation’s lack of action so far. Friday Switzerland’s militia system is in crisis. We explain its history, how it works and what’s being done about it.
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The king of the jungle battles for survival

So, 01/27/2019 - 12:00
The last population of the Asiatic lion is under threat from a virus outbreak. Can Switzerland come to the rescue? Subscribe to our podcast on iTunes to ensure that you don’t miss the next one.
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Embassy rents, private jets and swan shooting

Sa, 01/26/2019 - 18:00
Almost every article published by swissinfo.ch contains a percentage, an age, an amount of money or some other figure. Here’s a round-up of the most interesting statistics to appear in the past week’s stories. 1.2 million The amount of rent Switzerland pays out in Swiss francs every month for its embassy buildings around the world. Find out which are the priciest locations. 5 The number of years the central Swiss canton of Nidwalden has authorisation to shoot swans. They have been flagged as a risk to local flights. 1,500 An estimation of the number of private jets chartered for the World Economic Forum summit in Davos. This beats private jet traffic during other high-profile events like the Super Bowl and Champion League finals.  11,105 The number of purchasing power units (an artificial currency used for comparisons) Switzerland spends per capita on social welfare expenses. It is Europe’s biggest spender on this measure. 217 The number of kilos of ...
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National costumes show Switzerland's diversity

Sa, 01/26/2019 - 12:00
A traditional costume worn abroad is more than just clothing, it allows the wearer to feel closer to their home country. The "Foreign Colours" photo collection gives a flavour of the huge diversity of nationalities living in Switzerland, especially in canton Ticino. Foreigners make up around 28% of the population in the southern Italian-speaking canton. But the photographer Flavia Leuenberger Ceppi wanted to go further than the statistics and document the huge diversity behind the “foreigner” label. Her new series of portraits “Foreign Colours” (Colori stranieri) not only shows the most commonly found foreign nations in Switzerland (Italians, Portuguese, Germans and Serbians), but also focuses on minorities. This includes communities from Nepal, Iraq and Mongolia, who have, despite sometimes finding it hard, settled in Ticino. New country, new life “Adapting to a new world is not always easy. Some people have felt the need to return to their countries for a while; others have ...
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Women in Davos are more than a percentage

Fr, 01/25/2019 - 15:59
There is so much talk about the lack of women at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos that their stories and achievements often get lost. Numbers are important, but as 16-year-old Greta Thunberg showed today, it only takes one woman (or in this case girl) to inspire millions. “In places like Davos, people like to tell success stories, but their financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag. On climate change, we have to acknowledge we have failed,” the young Swedish climate activist told reporters in the Swiss resort on Friday. Twenty-two percent of  participants at this year’s gathering in the Swiss resort were women, according to the WEF, higher than in the past. Women leaders at WEF range from award-winning filmmakers to activists fighting for justice for victims of torture. They are older women like wildlife champion and primatologist Jane Goodall and younger leaders like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. While WEF is known for its sea of suits and ...
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You asked, we answer: what really happens in Davos?

Fr, 01/25/2019 - 15:11
We received numerous questions from readers that we investigated from the World Economic Forum (WEF). Here are answers to a selection of them. What’s the global economic outlook and the chances for a major asset crash to happen? On the evening before the opening of the WEF in Davos, the International Monetary Fund announced that the global economy was growing slower than expected. Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, compared the current economy to a cross-country skier who’s hit some bumps and is struggling to keep from careening off course. She said, “Does that mean a global recession is around the corner? No. You have an economic picture with a clear message – address remaining vulnerabilities and be ready if a serious slowdown materialises.” Climate change is a real and present danger. When are [WEF delegation] members going to stop lying and lobbying against the clear evidence? How much of an issue was this in Davos? Although climate change had a prominent place on the ...
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