Why impeaching President Trump is easier said than done Why impeaching President Trump is easier said than done Why impeaching President Trump is easier said than done
It’s unclear exactly what the political fallout will be for President Donald Trump following the court-room dramas that played out this week involving Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. But talk of Trump being forced to leave the White House is being described as “impeachment fever” by Amy Holmes, the American broadcaster and columnist at Weltwoche here in Switzerland. In our Newsmaker interview, the political commentator says that even if Democrats win the November midterms, a lot would still have to happen before the U.S. President could be removed from office.
Ana Maria Montero
Two watch fairs for the price of one
Switzerland’s two leading watch fairs, SIHH and Baselworld, have agreed to sync their calendars through 2024. However, according to Fabienne Lupo, managing director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, the cooperation is likely to end there. Anything more, she says, just “doesn’t make sense.”
Martina Fuchs
"The West has lost the art of sharing power," says Kishore Mahbubani
Academic and former diplomat Kishore Mahbubani is the author of the provocative book “Has the West Lost It?”. The answer, he says, "is no or not yet. But I fear the West is about to lose it." Find out what the Asian century and the rise of China mean for Switzerland—and the world.
Martina Fuchs
How Swiss hotels are coping with climate change
The Swiss hotel industry has been forced to grapple with global warming and one way it has dealt with the issue has been to rethink autumn travel. Peter Kämpfer, the new general manager of the five-star Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa in Interlaken, says that extending the summer season is also key.
Martina Fuchs
If your employer was going bust would you buy them out?
When the Hotel Schweizerhof Lenzerheide ran into financial problems in 1994, Andreas Züllig, an employee there at the time, decided to raise the money to buy and renovate it. As we continue our winter tourism series, he tells us about the decision to become the owner of that venerated establishment.
Martina Fuchs
Switzerland sees an explosion in medical hotels
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is planning a health restaurant as part of a five-month renovation of its Grand Hotel Quellenhof. It comes amid a growing appetite for body-focused breaks and lifestyle medicine. General Manager Marco Zanolari also says there’s an explosion in medical hotels.
Martina Fuchs
Badrutt's Palace: where movie stars and business magnates spend the night
As Swiss hotels gear up for 2019, we take a closer look at some of the big names in the business. Stars like Charlie Chaplin helped make Badrutt's Palace in St. Moritz an iconic jet set destination with over 500 staff, but Managing Director Richard Leuenberger tells us the selfie count is lower than you might think.
Matt Leighton
Good business partners key to successful expeditions, says explorer Mike Horn
Every expedition starts with a business plan, reveals explorer Mike Horn, who is completing his Pole2Pole circumnavigation project. He explains how financial support and expertise from partners is essential to his work. Horn also calls on corporations to save the planet – and make a profit in doing so.
Martina Fuchs
UNHCR chief calls for more aid from Switzerland
With the world witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi is calling for more financial support from global policymakers, including Switzerland. “We are urging the Swiss government to restore the previous levels of funding,” he says.
Frédéric Lelièvre
Banking whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld’s next move
Six years after receiving a $104 million reward from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Bradley Birkenfeld tells us about his plans to create an organization to support other whistleblowers. In an interview from Paris, CNNMoney Switzerland also asked him about the UBS tax fraud trial in France and a potential new reward from the IRS.
Martina Fuchs
Leaving WTO “not the right answer,” says SECO’s Ineichen-Fleisch
With the World Trade Organization and global free trade facing their “worst crisis” since 1947, SECO’s Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch says Switzerland will defend the multilateral trade body if the U.S. decides to leave: “Leaving is not the right answer.”
Ana Maria Montero
Will Swiss commodity traders become more transparent?
Commodity traders deal in oil, coffee beans, or cobalt—and that makes up 4 percent of the Swiss GDP. Stéphane Graber, head of the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association, says the best practice guide just published by the government could help address concerns over human rights violation scandals.
Hannah Wise
Banking goals: Swissquote using Manchester United to access Asia
Swissquote CEO Marc Bürki explains why it can be tough for Swiss banks in Asia and how his company’s unique way of accessing the market is paying off.
Ana Maria Montero
Why giants like Nestlé need to create jobs for the next generation
Laurent Freixe, head of Zone Americas at Nestlé, argues that it’s not enough to focus on big, global issues like, for example, climate change. Creating jobs for young people is just as vital—and he has a plan. We sat down with him in Vevey as part of our special HR series with Universum.
Olivia Chang
Why the “Davos for Women” is finally coming to Switzerland
Irene Natividad is the driving force behind the Global Summit of Women. The business and economic forum first launched in 1990 and now it is coming to Basel, Switzerland in 2019. A self-proclaimed “quota girl,” Natividad explains why, love them or loath them, gender quotas work.

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