Switzerland http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20197/all en In Swiss election, more moderate parties win votes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/111024/swiss-election-moderate-parties-win <p> The Swiss people voted for moderate candidates in Sunday&#39;s parliamentary elections, rejecting the far-right Swiss People&#39;s Party&#39;s nationalistic anti-immigration campaign.</p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/111024/swiss-election-moderate-parties-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Swiss People's Party Switzerland Elections Europe Politics Mon, 24 Oct 2011 15:12:00 +0000 Catherine Lyons 5679021 at http://www.globalpost.com Switzerland upholds ban on nude hiking http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/switzerland-upholds-ban-nude-hiking <p> The Swiss federal court rejected the man&#39;s appeal, ruling that hiking in the nude qualified as public indecency, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15785219">reported the BBC</a>.</p> <p> The rambler had appealed to the court to overturn a 100-franc ($109) fine he received in October 2009, after practicing his hobby in Appenzell-Ausserrhoden canton in eastern Switzerland.</p> <p> A woman complained to police about the sight of a naked man wandering past a family picnic area, <a href="http://www.thelocal.ch/1777/20111116/">said The Local</a>. The citizens of the conservative canton, &quot;tired of seeing people walking naked in their mountains,&quot; had voted earlier that year to outlaw the practice.</p> <p> But the man refused to pay the fine, leading to a series of legal wrangles over whether the canton&#39;s authorities had to right to ban nude walking.</p><p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/switzerland-upholds-ban-nude-hiking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Switzerland Travel/Tourism Europe Culture & Lifestyle Weird Wide Web Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:30:34 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5681781 at http://www.globalpost.com Swiss central bank chairman resigns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120109/swiss-central-bank-chairman-resigns <p> Hildebrand has been accused of speculating on currency transactions only weeks before his central bank capped the Swiss Franc, shifting prices in his favor.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120109/swiss-central-bank-chairman-resigns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Switzerland Business Europe Mon, 09 Jan 2012 14:44:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5686462 at http://www.globalpost.com Head of Swiss central bank resigns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/head-swiss-central-bank-resigns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philipp Hildebrand was a highly regarded central banker, until allegations surfaced that his wife played the currency markets </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Goldfarb </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Caesar&#39;s wife is supposed to be chaste, and clearly so is the wife of the chairman of the Swiss National Bank, the nation&#39;s central bank.</p> <p> Back in the summer, when the Swiss franc was super strong against the dollar, Philipp Hildebrand&#39;s wife Kashya, bought $504,000 with Swiss francs.</p> <p> A few weeks later the SNB, headed by Hildebrand, intervened to weaken the currency by cutting interest rates to zero. In early October, the family used the dollars it had purchased in the summer to buy the now cheaper francs and complete the purchase of a home. In the month and a half they held dollars they made a tidy profit.&nbsp; The Guardian puts the figure at $80,000.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/europa/head-swiss-central-bank-resigns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> currency markets dollars Home Philipp Hildebrand Regions Swiss franc Swiss National Bank Switzerland Europe Europa GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 09 Jan 2012 17:45:35 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5686511 at http://www.globalpost.com Euro woes dominate annual Davos conference in Swiss Alps http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120125/euro-woes-dominate-annual-davos-conference-swiss-alps In an age of austerity, some question the relevance of the annual Alpine talking shop for the rich and powerful.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120125/euro-woes-dominate-annual-davos-conference-swiss-alps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Switzerland Europe Global Economy Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:40:41 +0000 Paul Ames 5688944 at http://www.globalpost.com David Higgs, former Credit Suisse director, pleads guilty to charges of conspiracy, fraud http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120201/david-higgs-credit-suisse-director-guilty-fraud David Higgs, a former London-based Credit Suisse managing director, has plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to falsify books and records, as well as committing wire fraud. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120201/david-higgs-credit-suisse-director-guilty-fraud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Switzerland Business Debt Crisis Europe Global Economy United Kingdom United States Wed, 01 Feb 2012 18:27:56 +0000 Talia Ralph 5689901 at http://www.globalpost.com Swiss law seeks to stem US tax evaders http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120305/swiss-law-tax Switzerland’s lower house have passed an amendment Monday to a taxation agreement with the US, settling an ongoing dispute over tax evaders.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120305/swiss-law-tax" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Switzerland tax evasion Business Mon, 05 Mar 2012 22:13:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5694692 at http://www.globalpost.com PHOTOS: Belgium grieves after bus crash kills 28, including schoolchildren http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5696043 <p> The party was on its way back from a skiing holiday when the coach collided head-on with the wall of a tunnel near Sierre, in southern Switzerland.</p> Belgium BeNeLux Switzerland Europe Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:13:09 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5696043 at http://www.globalpost.com Swiss woman kidnapped in Yemen http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120316/swiss-woman-kidnapped-yemen <p> The Swiss Foreign Office said a Swiss government crisis team has begun working on securing the woman&rsquo;s release.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/120316/swiss-woman-kidnapped-yemen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middle East Switzerland Yemen Middle East Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:36:15 +0000 Luke Browne 5696368 at http://www.globalpost.com Credit Suisse cuts pay for CEO Brady Dougan by half http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120323/credit-suisse-cuts-pay-ceo-brady-dougan-half <p> Friday&rsquo;s pay disclosures are likely to attract the ire of investors, particularly in Switzerland where there are increasing calls for Credit Suisse to trim its expensive investment bank.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/120323/credit-suisse-cuts-pay-ceo-brady-dougan-half" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Switzerland Business Europe Fri, 23 Mar 2012 13:35:39 +0000 Luke Browne 5697395 at http://www.globalpost.com Switzerland seeks to arrest 3 German tax inspectors for economic espionage http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/germany/120331/switzerland-arrest-warrants-german-tax-inspectors-espionage <p> &quot;There is a concrete suspicion that specific orders from Germany were issued to use espionage to obtain information from Credit Suisse,&rdquo; the Swiss attorney general said in a statement today, Reuters reported.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/germany/120331/switzerland-arrest-warrants-german-tax-inspectors-espionage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Switzerland Business Europe Germany Sat, 31 Mar 2012 23:08:59 +0000 Samantha Stainburn 5698741 at http://www.globalpost.com Mali: Swiss woman kidnapped in Timbuktu http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120416/swiss-woman-kidnapped-timbuktu-mali Timbuktu, with its centuries-old mud mosques and ancient manuscripts held in the town's libraries, was until recently a tourist hotspot. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120416/swiss-woman-kidnapped-timbuktu-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mali Switzerland Travel/Tourism Conflict Zones Europe Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:40:00 +0000 News Desk 5700569 at http://www.globalpost.com Muslims in Europe suffer discrimination, says Amnesty International http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120424/muslims-europe-suffer-discrimination-says-amnesty <p> The report, which focuses on Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, comes two days after Marine Le Pen&rsquo;s right-wing National Front party secured a record result in the first round of France&rsquo;s presidential elections.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120424/muslims-europe-suffer-discrimination-says-amnesty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Belgium France Spain Switzerland the Netherlands Europe World Religion Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:33:55 +0000 Luke Browne 5701619 at http://www.globalpost.com Chatter: Are you there, 'God particle'? It's me, the Large Hadron Collider http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/chatter-are-you-there-god-particle-its-me-the-large-hadron-collider Science finds god in particle form, green-on-blue attacks continue in Afghanistan, and new evidence sheds disturbing light on the mysterious death of Yasser Arafat.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/chatter-are-you-there-god-particle-its-me-the-large-hadron-collider" target="_blank">read more</a></p> God particle Higgs boson Large Hadron Collider Switzerland Europe Chatter Science Wed, 04 Jul 2012 11:26:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5710563 at http://www.globalpost.com Swiss "healer" charged over sticking people with HIV-infected needles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120830/swiss-healer-charged-over-sticking-people-hiv-infected-needles A Swiss "healer" has been accused of transmitting HIV to patients over many years near the nation's capital Bern.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/120830/swiss-healer-charged-over-sticking-people-hiv-infected-needles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health Switzerland Health Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:49:54 +0000 Alexander Besant 5717793 at http://www.globalpost.com