The Big Picture

We want to deliberately create a counter-point to shallow news reporting. By picking one specific topic we make a clear decision for a more in-depth coverage of a story. We go deeper, look at an issue from different angles, bring the pros and cons and bring in guests who have time to speak, explain and elaborate.
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Martina Fuchs
Mega projects boom, but is Switzerland suffering from office oversupply?
Opening the door on the problem of Switzerland's empty office spaces. While new and modern multi-use complexes are proving a hit with tenants, smaller and older properties are struggling. Martina Fuchs speaks to Donato Scognamiglio, CEO at Swiss real estate consultancy IAZI, about the changing landscape of commercial real estate in the country and what the office building of the future might look like.
Martina Fuchs
A circle of wonders at Zurich Airport
The Circle complex is within walking distance of the Zurich Airport terminals and has an occupancy rate of nearly 60 percent. That's according to Stefan Gross, the chief commercial officer for Zurich Airport, who gives CNNMoney Switzerland a progress update on the project which is due to open for business in 2020.
Paula Dupraz-Dobias
Transparency in mining is a challenge, says EITI chief
The head of an international transparency organization says the move to reduce corruption between resource-rich countries and trading partners is a complex one. Jonas Moberg, the executive director of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, told CNNMoney Switzerland that "stamina and daring" is required in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an increasing demand for cobalt has business partners at a crossroads in terms of transparency as well as labor issues.
Paula Dupraz-Dobias
Green transport spurs demand for rare metal
The price of cobalt is increasing thanks to the growth in electric vehicles, which rely on the metal for manufacturing the cars' batteries. But with that has come controversy.
Paula Dupraz-Dobias
Economic challenges ahead for new Cuban president
The effects of Cuban reforms to privatize non-government sectors of the economy have "plateaued", according to Michael Parmly, a former head of mission at the United States interest section in Havana. The diplomat told Paula Dupraz-Dobias that Cuba would certainly welcome Western investment, including from Switzerland, as economic support from Russia and Venezuela wanes.
Ana Maria Montero
Showbiz news as we talk Steven Spielberg, Saudi cinemas, Amy Schumer and the Swiss Circus Knie
Spielberg hits a box office milestone, the Saudis are going to the movies, and Amy Schumer is beautiful! This and more in our weekly red carpet rollout of all things showbiz with Ana Maria Montero
Martina Fuchs
Digital tax: Switzerland to follow the EU, says lawyer Xavier Oberson
It's not yet time for Switzerland to discuss a digital tax, argues Xavier Oberson, lawyer and professor at the University of Geneva. The priority is to pass Tax proposal 2017 in order to comply with international standards. However, once TP17 is approved, the Federal Council will likely follow how the European Union prepares to tax the digitized economy, believes the tax expert. Oberson refers in particular to a position paper released in March by the State Secretariat for International Finance (SIF). Link: https://www.sif.admin.ch/sif/en/home/themen/oecd-dossiers/besteuerung-der-digitalen-wirtschaft.html
Hannah Wise
"Companies have accepted that the rules will change," says Christoph Schaerer of PwC
The digital economy has led to new tax debates, with the E.U. now considering rules to ensure that “digital business activities are taxed in a fair and growth-friendly way.” According to Christoph Schaerer of PwC, companies are aware that tax rules are set to change.
Leesa Gilmore
Blockchain isn't just about bitcoin
More and more everyday products and services such as car insurance are getting a blockchain makeover. Kasko2go, a Swiss-based company, is hoping to be at the forefront of these changes with its auto insurance app. Raj Singh, the company's co-founder, explains how the technology speeds up admin and cuts down on fraud.
Leesa Gilmore
How blockchain could work in your daily life
Blockchain is the buzzword behind Bitcoin, but it's so much more than that. Our two guests break down what blockchain really is. They give concrete examples to show how this new technology can impact our lives on a daily basis. Have a listen to Isabella Brom, blockchain tech specialist at Lakeside Partners, and Marco Grossi, blockchain assurance leader at Deloitte Switzerland.
Joel Espi
Driverless buses hit Swiss streets
Autonomous buses are becoming game changers in public transport networks in Switzerland and around the world. Behind most of these autonomous shuttles is one company: Navya. Our reporter Joel Espi ventured to France to visit their factory.
Paula Dupraz-Dobias
How this company is "greening" plastic
Turning non-recyclable plastic waste back into diesel has drawn investors, including oil companies, to back GRT Group. The Vaud-based firm's CEO, Luca Dal Fabbro, explains to CNNMoney Switzerland that the process, which is CO2 negative, makes business sense due to the massive scope of the plastic pollution problem. According to the MacArthur Foundation, by 2050 the Earth's oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight.
Paula Dupraz-Dobias
The Swiss sailor fighting plastic pollution
Every year, ten million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean – the equivalent of 16 shopping bags for every meter of coastline, excluding the Antarctic. After sailing solo through the Northern Passage on a beach catamaran, Swiss adventurer Yvan Bourgnon is now set on combatting this global environmental problem. He tells Paula Dupraz-Dobias about The Sea Cleaners foundation and their plan to build a ship that will remove garbage from the ocean, while building awareness among populations.
Olivia Chang
Director of CEPS: Philanthropy not always altruistic
"There is always a mix of altruistic and more personal interest," says Georg von Schnurbein, director of the Center for Philanthropy Studies at the University of Basel. Beyond this, he believes that people also give to make themselves feel good, referring to the "warm-glow" effect or "helper's high."
Olivia Chang
How to be digitally healthy
Forget traditional gyms. Nowadays, people are also working up a sweat with fitness apps and wearable devices like Fitbit. But has Switzerland jumped on the bandwagon yet? Peter Ohnemus, founder of dacadoo, and Alfred Angerer, professor of health management, give Martina Fuchs their take on staying healthy online.

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