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Watchdog extends protective measures at Sberbank Switzerland

These measures, intended to mitigate a risk of liquidity problems at Sberbank (Switzerland), will remain in force until September 1 © Keystone / Michael Buholzer The Swiss financial regulator (FINMA) has extended previously imposed protective measures at the Zurich-based subsidiary of Russian bank Sberbank. These measures, intended to mitigate a risk of liquidity problems at Sberbank (Switzerland), will remain in force until September 1, 2022, FINMA said in a...

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Swiss government seen as lacking team spirit

Federal Councillors’ trip at Schloessli Woerth in Neuhausen am Rheinfall in Schaffhausen, Thursday, June 30, 2022. Keystone Nearly two out of three Swiss (64%) believe that Swiss government members do not work smoothly together, according to a survey carried out by the Sotomo research institute. The Swiss government consists of the Federal Council which comprises seven members, each of whom heads a ministry. There are clear tensions and rivalries in the executive...

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Swiss fundraising effort creates tensions with Ukraine

Ukrainians receive humanitarian aid from the Worldwide Food Program (WFP) at a school building damaged by recent shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine, July 15, 2022. Keystone / Sergey Kozlov The humanitarian charity Swiss Solidarity raised CHF126 million ($132.4 million) to help Ukrainian refugees and support local journalists. But Ukrainian authorities say they have yet to receive anything and appear to be getting impatient. The foundation explains it works on a long-term...

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Switzerland faces shortage of air traffic controllers

Skyguide has doubled wages for first-year trainees from CHF2,000 to CHF4,000 a month © Keystone / Martial Trezzini Swiss air navigation service provider Skyguide says it is struggling to recruit air traffic controllers, especially in French-speaking Switzerland. Only five people are starting training in September, although there are 16 posts to be filled. “This is a general trend in Europe, but it is particularly pronounced in western Switzerland,” said Skyguide boss...

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Swiss National Bank reports massive losses

High losses had been expected, but the figure is higher than economists had predicted. © Keystone / Peter Klaunzer The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has taken a hit of CHF95.2 billion ($100 billion) for the first half of this year, mainly owing to losses on foreign currency positions. After a loss of CHF32.8 billion in the first quarter, another CHF62.4 billion was added in the second quarter. High losses had been expected, but the figure is higher than economists had...

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Swiss sales of medicines to Russia jump during war

Swiss pharma sales to Russia hit an all time high in June this year. © Keystone / Gaetan Bally Swiss exports of medicines to Russia have risen sharply since the start of the Ukraine war, according to an analysis by business news agency AWP. This analysis, based on government foreign trade data, shows Swiss pharma generated record revenue of over CHF330 million ($342 million) in June alone from sales to Russia. Russia has been subject to numerous sanctions owing to...

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Lufthansa strike to hit SWISS flights

SWISS flights to Germany are affected by the one-day strike at Lufthansa on Wednesday. © Keystone / Gaetan Bally The Swiss national carrier is cancelling around a dozen flights to Germany on Wednesday, owing to a one-day strike by ground staff at its German parent company Lufthansa. Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has cancelled flights from Geneva to Frankfurt (three return flights) and Zurich to Düsseldorf (also three return flights), airline spokeswoman Karin...

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Russia threatens Swiss newspaper over Putin caricature

Since the start of the Ukraine war, Russia has clamped down on critical media and opposition inside the country. Sputnik Russia has threatened Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung with legal action after it published critical reports and a caricature of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a letter to NZZ editor Eric Gujer published on Saturday on the Russian Embassy in Switzerland’s press service website, it said it was “outraged” by publication of an “insulting...

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Dairy substitutes filling up Swiss shelves

Swiss supermarkets offer a wide choice of alternatives to animal-based milk © Keystone / Gaetan Bally Plant-based dairy products continue to gain in popularity in Switzerland, with sales of plant-based milk more than doubling since 2017. However, dairy substitutes still occupy a niche in the overall market. Last year dairy substitutes generated sales of CHF172 million ($175 million) in the retail trade, the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) said on...

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Half of flights delayed at Zurich Airport

Dreaming of being on holiday Keystone / John G. Mabanglo Almost every second flight from Zurich Airport has been delayed since the beginning of June, with travellers facing more delays this summer. Between June 1 and July 10 an average of 46% of aircraft took off from Zurich with a delay of more than 15 minutes, according to an analysis by the news agency AWP. On average, passengers had to wait around 40 minutes. Most delays were of an operational, technical or...

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