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RUSSIA'S INVESTMENT CLIMATE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
2011-06-20 11:35:58  The most urgent topic in recent discussions and declarations made by Russian leaders was the national investment climate. This problem has been the subject of lively discussions day after day and experts, economists and politicians have finally agreed that the investment climate is bad. Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev spoke even more bluntly by stating “It is very bad. In 2010, the business environment for many small companies has grown even worse”.
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THE MAYOR WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD
2011-06-20 12:07:17  Although Sergei Sobyanin was appointed the new mayor of Moscow in October, 2010, he is a relatively unknown political figure to both Muscovites and foreign observers. However, Sobyanin faces what seem to be colossal challenges ahead as the new mayor following on the heels of Yuri Luzhkov's 18 year reign. He must both justify the Kremlin's trust in him and secure long-term 'political stability'. Sobyanin is furthermore confronted with the responsibilities of improving Moscow’s disastrous road network as well as actively fighting the corruption that plagues Russia's capital city...
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“COMPANIES APPRECIATE FRIBOURG'S EXTREMELY FAVOURABLE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT”
2011-06-20 12:49:55  Located on the border between French and German-speaking Switzerland, Fribourg Canton has been experiencing an economic boom over the past few years. Business Mir interviewed Beat Vonlanthen, Fribourg Canton's Minister for Economic Affairs and Employment, to discuss the factors driving the region's success.
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RUSSIA AND THE WEST: AN INTERSECTION OF PARALLEL LINES
2011-02-07 11:24:54  The beginning of a new year is the time for summing up the events of the previous 12 months. 2010 has been very eventful in terms of both political and economic relations between Russia and the West. Despite the traditional differences in areas such as human rights, freedom of speech, the Georgian conflict, etc., Russia and the West have established firm ties regarding common goals and interests, the first among which is the fight against terrorism.
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BANK SECRECY: SWITZERLAND SAVES THE ESSENTIALS
2011-02-07 16:44:19  The dual taxation agreement signed with Germany is a first step towards acceptance of an ongoing repatriation tax at source amnesty, allowing Switzerland to avoid the automatic exchanges of information the European Union has requested.
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“SWITZERLAND’S BUSINESS SECTORS ARE TRADITIONALLY HOSTILE WHEN IT COMES TO THE EUROPEAN UNION MEMBERSHIP”
2011-02-07 14:26:27  Although Switzerland may be geographically located in the centre of Europe, it obstinately refuses to join the European Union (EU). René Schwok, Holder of the Jean Monnet Chair at the European Institute and Professor at Geneva University’s Department of Political Science, explains the reasons behind this reluctance and the current relationship between Switzerland and the EU in an interview with Business Mir.
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“VALAIS CANTON IS A PIONEER IN TERMS OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION”
2011-02-07 13:08:55  Valais is far more than a prime location for winter resort fun as the Canton’s economy is both dynamic and accessible. Jean-Michel Cina, President of Valais Canton’s Government and head of its Economy, Energy and Territorial Department, invited Business Mir to his Sion offices for an exclusive interview on the challenges his Canton is about to face.
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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE SWISS BANKING MARKET?
2010-10-14 20:38:01  Outside observers tend to forget what’s at stake, distracted by the media frenzy surrounding the debate that took place between Switzerland and the United States to reach an agreement concerning UBS. A reminder that the Swiss financial sector is still the world’s leading safe deposit box.
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KYRGYZSTAN: TULIPS BRING A ROSE TO POWER...
2010-10-14 19:01:57  Kyrgyzstan’s coup d'état in the spring of 2010 brought down President Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s government. Obvious causes of coup included the government ban on “Kurultai” (National Council) gatherings and the arrest of opposition leaders. But experts claim that other internal and external factors – ranging from drug trafficking to the interference of major regional players – served to precipitate events as well.
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WHO COULD POSSIBLY DON THE TSAR’S GOLDEN CAP?
2010-10-14 18:35:40  This year – as in the past – the Russian press has been spreading rumours about plans to restore the country's monarchy and the enigmatic bestseller “Project Russia” is being widely discussed. While it is more of a joke, the question begs to be asked; where would Russia be today if a strong king was heading the country? Who would be worthy of assuming the Russian throne – a Romanov or a Rurikovich? Neither the historians nor the country’s spin doctors have been able to come up with a satisfactory answer...
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На аукцион Sotheby's в Женеве выставят драгоценности династии Романовых
2021-10-19 09:31:14  Аукционный дом Sotheby's сообщил о необычном лоте – серьгах и броши с сапфирами и бриллиантами, принадлежавших великой княгине Марии Павловне.
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Швейцария разрешила однополым парам заключать брак и усыновлять детей
2021-09-26 20:54:09  За инициативу "брак для всех" на референдуме 26 сентября проголосовали 64% жителей страны.
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В Швейцарии начинается четвертая волна эпидемии коронавируса
2021-08-26 10:56:22  В сутки в Швейцарии выявляют 2500–3000 новых случаев заражения коронавирусом, что приближается к показателям третьей волны эпидемии начала 2021 г.
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1 августа — Швейцария отмечает День основания Конфедерации
2021-08-01 14:04:39  В 1291 году представители кантонов Ури, Швиц и Унтервальден на вершине горы Рутли заключают между собой "вечный союз" против Габсбургов и приносят клятву быть "единой нацией братьев".
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Швейцарская теннисистка Белинда Бенчич стала олимпийской чемпионкой по теннису
2021-07-31 16:41:56  Представительница Швейцарии обыграла в финальном матче олимпийского турнира чешку Маркету Вондроушову.
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