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New blood at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show  New blood at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show  New blood at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show
From the big premieres to the challenges facing the motor industry, we are unpacking the highlights from the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, which runs until March 17. Hannah Wise and Frederic Lelievre discuss China’s growing influence, Brexit, electric vehicles and the future of show itself.
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Hannah Wise
Working at a Swiss-based international company? Read on
The latest vote on corporate tax could have big implications for your business, even if you’re not eligible to vote. Plus, pictures of the build-up to Formula E Bern and Swiss parental leave explained.
Tanya König
The problem with paternity leave in Switzerland
When it comes to maternity leave, Switzerland ranks somewhere in the middle of the pack, but when it comes to dads, it’s at the bottom. Now companies like Volvo, Ikea Switzerland, and Novartis are stepping in. Find out how.
Hannah Wise
Opportunity knocks for Switzerland as trade talks falter
China prepares to retaliate against a new 25% tariff from the U.S. on $200 billion of goods. Frédéric Lelièvre explains why this could be an opportunity for Swiss banks if China punishes the U.S. by blocking access to its lucrative financial sector.
Ana Maria Montero
Business Update: “The new Silk Road will be a bumpy road”
Stronger ties between Switzerland and China could prove to be a stroke of luck for Swiss business and investors, but some are cautious about the forthcoming memorandum of understanding between the two countries. Deputy Editor Frédéric Lelièvre weighs the pluses and minuses of walking down the “Silk Road” with China.
Martina Fuchs
Why vegan fashion is a blooming but pricey business
Catwalks are embracing eco-friendly and animal-free couture, but with prices as high as CHF 1,000 for some brands, can the trend last? Pauline Treis of Fashion Revolution Switzerland and Sanaz Wasser of the label SANIKAI debate whether this is a long-lasting and lucrative market.
Tanya König
A Swiss recipe to make refugees an asset for the economy
Powercoders is a Swiss coding academy that has successfully trained refugees for free and helped them integrate into the IT job market. Companies like Swiss Post, Swiss Life, and Swisscom support the initiative, and the nonprofit organization is now expanding abroad. Founder Christian Hirsig and project manager Hussam Allaham tell us more.
Matt Leighton
Inside the booming esports industry
Switzerland has up to 900,000 gamers, 200,000 of whom play on a regular basis. But is Switzerland still lagging behind in esports?
Hannah Wise
Alcon and Stadler Rail make their stock market debut
It was a week of firsts on the Swiss stock exchange. All eyes were on two much-anticipated new additions, and they did not disappoint—for now. Only time will tell just how kind the markets will be to Novartis-spinoff Alcon and Swiss train maker Stadler Rail.
Martina Fuchs
Special debate: Is Switzerland’s financial industry really going green?
The Swiss were once considered pioneers in sustainable finance, but Thomas Vellacott, CEO of WWF Switzerland, says they have fallen far behind. The European Union’s ambitious new action plan is now forcing Switzerland’s hand. But Swiss Sustainable Finance CEO Sabine Döbeli argues that “incredible moves” have been taken by Swiss financial players.
Hannah Wise
The SMI shuffle
The Swiss markets will look very different next week as Julius Baer moves from the SMI to the SPI to make room for newcomer Alcon. We look at the mechanics of the markets and the impact on your money. Plus, what could be ahead for Switzerland’s Crypto Valley Association?
Olivia Chang
How Switzerland’s Crypto Valley Association is cleaning up its reputation
“The Crypto Valley Association has stuttered in its job of being an effective organization,” says current president Daniel Haudenschild. He explains how he’s rebuilding its reputation after criticisms of infighting with plans to ramp up Crypto Valley’s international brand.
Ana Maria Montero
Complacency, overconfidence, and high costs to blame for Baselworld’s woes, says journalist
Austrian watch journalist Alexander Linz blames complacency, overconfidence, and sky-high costs for Baselworld’s recent troubles. Attendance this year, for instance, is off 22 percent, and the number of exhibitors is down 20 percent—one of those being Swatch Group. For Linz, Baselworld losing Swatch is like an auto show losing Volkswagen, although he says that he understands the Swiss manufacturer’s decision.
Ana Maria Montero
What if there were no more Baselworld?
Vontobel analyst René Weber, who’s covered Baselworld for more than 20 years, says the industry would be too “complicated” without the renowned watch fair. And what does he make of Swatch Group’s absence this year? “I do not understand” the move, he says.
Ana Maria Montero
Less than half of luxury watch brands sell online
Luxury watch brands are slowly building up their e-commerce presence with just over 40 percent now selling online. But can watch companies afford to miss out on a potentially crucial market? “I don’t think that e-commerce is the secret recipe to the success of brands,” says David Sadigh, founder and CEO of Digital Luxury Group.
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