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Swiss balk at deal to catch US tax evaders

A secretive deal aimed at settling a dispute with Washington over Swiss banks' alleged complicity in tax evasion by Americans has caused uproar in the wealthy Alpine nation.

Monday, 10 June, 2013, 3:30am

China seals free-trade pact with Switzerland

Premier Li Keqiang was to announce yesterday the conclusion of negotiations with Switzerland on a free-trade deal seen as a touchstone for China's growing global ties.

25 May 2013 - 5:30am 3 comments

Executive pay needs reform, not just crackdown

It's no fun being a top executive these days. Whether it's Europe, China or even the United States, increasingly tough limits are being placed on executive compensation, sometimes with the full force of new legislation.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am

Swiss vote on fat-cat pay a victory for business

Sixty-eight per cent of Swiss voters have backed a constitutional amendment on "fat cat" pay. Sunday's verdict was clear: shareholders of publicly listed companies will have a binding say on pay.

6 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Swiss public backs executive pay curbs in referendum

The initiative against "fat cats," proposed by Thomas Minder, head of a herbal toothpaste company, was backed by 68 per cent of the voters in a referendum yesterday, the government said.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:13am

Swiss authorities probe Filipino 'nurse' over Facebook corpse pictures

Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation after an alleged care-home nurse posted pictures of herself on Facebook sitting next to the corpse of an old woman.

3 Mar 2013 - 6:30am

Talking points

Countdown to the CPPCC plenum continues

2 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Swiss banks told to rein in lending or face restrictions as bubble fears grow

Switzerland's government, at the urging of the Swiss National Bank, last week ordered banks to hold additional capital as a buffer against risks posed by the country's biggest property boom in two decades. The amount, set at 1 per cent of banks' risk-weighted assets tied to domestic residential mortgages, can be increased to as high as 2.5 per cent.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:40am

Briefs, January 30, 2013

Concerns have been raised about Twitter's iPhone video-sharing service Vine after pornography appeared in the "Editor's Picks". Twitter apologised for Monday's mistake, blaming "human error", but provided little detail.

30 Jan 2013 - 5:05am

Swiss troops prepared for anything at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Davos is on a war footing.

As snipers fan out over the rooftops of the Alpine resort and the Swiss army rolls kilometres of barbed wire through the town, officers have more than the security of delegates in mind.

They are also using the experience of protecting the World Economic Forum to prepare for a worst-case scenario: chaos sparked by a collapse of the euro.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:57am