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Swiss Turn Down World’s Highest Minimum Wage

Swiss voters rejected a proposal Sunday to introduce the world’s highest minimum wage, which would have guaranteed every worker in one of the priciest nations at least $25 an hour.

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Door Closed

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Swiss Immigration Policy

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Western Europe’s Growing Resistance to Immigration

The immigration problem in Europe seems, to me, real but ill-understood. Switzerland is completely untypical, and comparisons with immigration in the United States are totally misleading.

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Switzerland Votes to Narrow Immigration Pipeline From EU Countries

That old saw about Swiss independence could in part explain Switzerland’s vote, held Sunday, in favor of tightening restrictions on immigration into the country from European Union member nations.

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Syrian Peace Talks Get Tense in Opening Session

Given that the international coalition, spearheaded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that convened in Switzerland on Wednesday for an emergency diplomatic intervention on the crisis in Syria carried a strong message underscoring the need for regime change, it’s not surprising that things got a little heated in the opening session.

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Blurring Mandela and Neo-Liberalism

Rather than tell how global corporations and banks pressured the Mandela government to keep economic power where it was during apartheid, Andrew Ross Sorkin and The New York Times claimed the South African hero saw “the light” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Europe Weighs Capping CEO Income as Wall Street Continues to Run Amok

The Swiss are considering limiting the compensation of chief executive officers to a 12:1 ratio, but Americans can’t even get banksters to reveal the comparison of their pay to the average salary; Germany wants to impose a financial transactions tax; meanwhile, in London the per-capita income is 90 percent higher than in the rest of Britain. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Zurich’s Safe Sex Shacks

In response to the increase in women being coerced into the sex trade, the Swiss city has designed alarm-equipped wooden sheds in which prostitutes can practice their trade more safely. The shacks, dubbed “drive-in sex boxes” by locals, were put forth in an initiative that was approved by voters in 2012.

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Sustainable Living Challenges the Swiss

An experiment to see whether citizens of one of the world’s richest countries could live sustainably by drastically reducing their energy consumption has found that very few could meet the challenge.

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Swiss Curb Executive Greed; Will Anyone Follow?

Switzerland just had a referendum in which it voted to give company and bank shareholders veto rights over the salaries, bonuses and overall compensation packages of senior executives and board directors.

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Trillions Needed to ‘Green’ the Global Economy

An alliance led by former Mexican President Felipe Calderon made a business case for the curbing of global warming to leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week, saying an unprecedented $14 trillion overhaul would be needed to ensure long-term growth that didn’t wreck the environment.

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AP/Michael S. Green

Crony Capitalism’s Power Couple

Where are Phil and Wendy Gramm hiding now that UBS, like Enron before it, has been nailed by the G-men?

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Former CERN Physicist Jailed in Terrorist Plot

Adlene Hicheur, a 35-year-old Algerian-born nuclear physicist who worked in Switzerland’s CERN laboratory, was sentenced to five years in prison by a French court for “criminal association with a view to plotting terrorist attacks” on a French barracks with al-Qaida’s North African affiliate.

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Iran Claims It Captured U.S. Drone

Well, this is awkward. Iran’s state-run Press TV reported Thursday that a special Revolutionary Guard “electronic warfare unit” had gained remote control of a U.S. drone and landed it after it had flown more than 100 miles into Iranian airspace. 

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Egypt Freezes Mubarak Family Assets

Now that Hosni Mubarak has exited his post as Egypt’s president, his reportedly extensive wealth is no longer protected by his position, and authorities in his homeland have moved to freeze his assets, as well as those of his family members, in the midst of a fraud investigation.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


George W. Bush
AP / Ron Edmonds

Bush Cancels Trip Over Fear of Arrest

Former President George W. Bush canceled a planned trip to Switzerland over fear of legal action there as pressure mounted on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal probe into allegations of torture if he visits the country.

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Your Ticket to Davos

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, where big shots go to talk turkey and soak up a bit of Switzerland, is being streamed live across the Internet tubes. They’re waiting for you after the jump, prime minister.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Banker Fined by Swiss Court

A Swiss judge fined the former banker who gave confidential files to WikiLeaks roughly $6,250, but spared the whistle-blower a prison sentence. Rudolf Elmer was found guilty of violating Switzerland’s confidential banking laws, which have protected such people as tax-dodging Americans and the Nazis.

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AP / Angelo Carconi

Parcel Bombs Rattle Rome

Package bombs detonated at two embassies in Rome on Thursday, injuring one person at each post, in attacks similar to a spate of attempted bombings in Greece last month. A Swiss Embassy employee suffered injuries to both hands ...

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And Now, a Giggly Swiss Minister’s Take on Cured Meats (Update: Explained)

Here we see the now-viral footage of Swiss finance minister Hans-Rudolf Merz, 67, who is on the brink of retirement and quite able to appreciate the lighter side of some of his bureaucratic duties, such as discussing the apparently amusing matter of cured meat imports.

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE



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Swiss May Consider Death Penalty Reboot

Thanks to the country’s democratic signatory system, the Swiss government may soon be compelled to reconsider the “neutral” nation’s official stance on the death penalty in certain cases if its supporters are successful in drumming up 100,000 signatures by late February.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


Polanski
AP / Franka Bruns

Sex, Drugs and Roman Polanski

The 34-year-old lens through which we view Roman Polanski’s crime is clouded because society’s viewpoint about his “sex crime” has swung in the opposite direction from that of a drug crime.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


Polanski and Unmitigated Gall

For Roman Polanski, the long, unspeakable nightmare of being confined to his three-story chalet in Gstaad, the luxury resort in the Swiss Alps, is finally over.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE


Polanski
AP / Roberto Pfeil

Swiss Set Polanski Free

Roman Polanski is a lucky man—and as of Monday, he’s also a free man after a Swiss judge decided that the justification for Polanski’s extradition to the U.S. was flawed. So, the “freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked.” Updated

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Polanski
AP / Roberto Pfeil

Polanski Speaks

Declaring that he only wants “to be treated fairly like everyone else,” auteur-in-exile Roman Polanski spoke out on his own behalf on Sunday via his ally Bernard-Henri Lévy’s website, claiming that there are “no grounds” for his extradition to the U.S. to face charges related to his decades-old sexual assault case.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE


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No Lawyers for Swiss Animals

In a referendum in which 70 percent voted “no,” the people of Switzerland have decided against a proposed law that would have assigned lawyers to defend animals in court. In its defense, Switzerland already has comprehensive animal rights laws, though many feel the vote was a cat-astrophe.

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Gadhafi’s Personal Holy War

Moammar Gadhafi has had it up to here with Switzerland. First they arrest his son on charges of beating up two servants at a luxury hotel. Then they pass a pretty horrible law banning mosque’s minarets. Now, Gadhafi has called for a holy war against the country, a move which has received almost universal denouncement.

Posted on Feb 26, 2010 READ MORE


Not My Switzerland
AP / Keystone, Peter Klaunzer

Jewish Groups Object to Switzerland’s Minaret Ban

Recognizing that this week’s popular vote to forbid the building of minarets in Switzerland represented a blatant show of religious intolerance it couldn’t ignore, an association of Jewish organizations is expressing its strong disagreement with the ban and calling on Swiss leaders to defend religious freedom.

Posted on Dec 3, 2009 READ MORE


Shame on the Swiss

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Polanski
AP / Roberto Pfeil

Swiss Court Accepts Polanski’s $4.5M Bail Request

Will Roman Polanski spend the holidays at his mountain chalet in Gstaad? That could well be the case after Polanski’s latest bail offer, this time to the tune of $4.5 million, was accepted by a Swiss court Wednesday, although the 76-year-old director ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 25, 2009 READ MORE


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Emma Thompson, Petition Tourist?

British actor Emma Thompson has drawn the ire of Roman Polanski’s supporters by removing her name from a pro-Polanski petition she’d signed following the Polish filmmaker’s September arrest in Switzerland. On Tuesday writer-filmmaker Yann Moix archly accused Thompson of “petition tourism.”

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


Polanski
AP / Roberto Pfeil

Swiss Nix Polanski’s Bail Request

After his legal team came up short Tuesday with its request that Swiss officials reconsider his recent arrest and release him on bail, film director Roman Polanski remained behind bars, unable to spend his time awaiting his fate from his resort home in Gstaad.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


Bring Polanski to Justice

Hasn’t Roman Polanski suffered enough? Didn’t he endure all those cool, gray, rainy Paris winters? Didn’t he also drug and rape a 13-year-old girl?

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Clooney Raises $900K for Obama in Switzerland

He might have steered clear of last week’s Democratic National Convention, claiming that politicians were the proper stars of that show, but George Clooney didn’t miss his chance to charm some $900K out of American supporters of Barack Obama at a fundraiser in Switzerland on Tuesday.

Posted on Sep 4, 2008 READ MORE


Who Is Going to Stop Mugabe?

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Judge Silences Whistle-Blower Site

A California court has ordered Wikileaks.org, a Web site that allows users to anonymously post documents and allege corruption, to be shut down. A Swiss bank brought the case after someone using the site alleged the firm had facilitated money laundering. Wikileaks says it was “given only hours notice” of the hearing.

Posted on Feb 18, 2008 READ MORE


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World Economic Forum

U.S. Economy Devalued

The World Economic Forum has demoted the United States in its ranking of economic competitiveness, explaining that spiraling debt and persistent budget shortfalls forced the downgrade.  Switzerland now holds the top spot, followed by much of Scandinavia.

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