Levrat before resignation and high-purity cocaine in Switzerland: That writes the Sunday press
SP President Levrat is about to resign
The most senior party leader, Christian Levrat, will announce his resignation from the SP presidency in November. Among other things, the Agenda forces him to act: on November 30, a delegates' meeting will take place in Berne, and there, as Levrat says in "NZZ am Sonntag", "we will take stock of the elections". Here are also "personal questions" for discussion. After that, another important date has already been set: at the beginning of April 2020, the big congress will be held in Basel. There "we will also determine the personal future of the party," Levrat quotes. Because the date of the congress in Basel has been established for some time and his term still runs until the end of 2020, his statements allow the conclusion that Levrat with a possible resignation does not react in the short term to the bad election results of the SP, but the step for some time Time plans. If it comes to the vacancy at the party leadership, the SP is facing a hot winter, writes the "NZZ am Sonntag". The future direction of the party is likely to lead to heated discussions. While left-wing leaders have already gone on the offensive and Levrat has more or less directly called for resignation, the left-liberal wing is in the process of regrouping after the elections. The resignations of Pascale Bruderer and Claude Janiak from the Council of States have weakened the SP's so-called reform-oriented platform.
Case Carlos: Government Councilor Fehr defends action by the judiciary
The Zurich SP government councilor Jacqueline Fehr defends the handling of the judicial directorate with the offender «Carlos». "At POschwies Prison, employees always behaved correctly towards him," she says in an interview with NZZ am Sonntag. In addition, she says: "It is clear that Carlos must change his behavior and that he needs therapeutic help." The 24-year-old Swiss is on last Wednesday by the district court Dielsdorf to a prison sentence of four years and nine months and a stationary therapeutic Been sentenced. Such costs almost 20,000 francs per month, as the "NZZ am Sonntag" writes. Fehr justifies in the interview the high cost of the therapies for dangerous offenders: "The money is used reasonably, because every alternative would be more expensive." Either there would be more victims, or the perpetrators would be behind bars all their lives, she says.
Disability insurance: Doctors make millions thanks to partisan IV opinions
Based on the Public Sector Act, "SonntagsBlick" received a document from the Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO) which lists how much money individual doctors and clinics have received from the cantonal IV offices between 2012 and 2018. An evaluation of the numbers shows that the IV agencies are extremely unilaterally awarding the mandates for expert opinions. In 2018, they paid 683 doctors and clinics for the preparation of so-called monodisciplinary medical IV report. Overall, the IV agencies paid for 29.5 million. However, ten percent of the appraisers received about three quarters (73 percent) of the total order volume. Thanks to the IV appraisals, some physicians made a fool of money: since 2012, a Bernese doctor has collected 3.1 million from the various IV posts. Two others – one from Basel and the other from Bern – received 1.9 million each during the same period. Lawyers, disability organizations and even doctors complain that evaluators who receive millions from the IV agencies are no longer independent judges. They see in the unequal distribution an indication that the IV agencies prefer reviewers who judge in their favor – ie against a disability and thus against a pension. The St.Galler lawyer Ronald Pedergnana (57) says: "Appraisers who draft a report in the sense of the IV, get orders again and again. Others are not even taken into account. "The three physicians mentioned have strong evidence that they are much less likely to declare their patients incapacitated for work than other doctors.
SP National Councilor Badran: The SP lack answers to the big questions
SP National Councilor and Zurich PanaschierkOnigin Jacqueline Badran finds that the SP need no reorientation – neither to the left nor to the right. The problem is rather that the party had lost the big questions. "The SP lacks the meaningful narrative in which everything is embedded," says Badran to the "SonntagsBlick". «We have become victims of our own success and have limited ourselves to defending the huge achievements of social democracy of the last century.» It therefore calls for a new vision, based on a transformation of the present economic system, «towards a post-capitalist society, which is no longer subject to the constraint of growth. "In addition, the SP had lost on secondary squares:" We leave the path of virtue, when we try to regulate societal phenomena alone political, "says Badran. "A 60-year-old craftsman who has a pin-up girl in his locker accusing him of being a sexist asshole will not pay. Or the debate about whether one may still call the head of the Mohrenkopf "Mohrenkopf". May I help you! These are not the problems we have to tackle. "
Climate protection: Federal Government wants to reduce gas consumption
Recently, the Federal Office of Energy has put a paper on its homepage, which assesses the future role of natural gas. The conclusion: Gas will remain an important source of energy in the short to medium term. In the longer term, however, consumption must be "significantly reduced," as the "NZZ am Sonntag" writes. To make the heat supply CO2-free by 2050, according to the federal government, action must be taken today. If oil or gas heaters are replaced, renewable heating systems would have to be installed. This puts the authorities clearly against the gas industry. This argues that the installation of new gas heaters is still appropriate. According to the federal government, it only makes sense to use natural gas for heating buildings in the next five to ten years. In the long term, gas utilities would have to "prepare for an exit scenario" and think about decommissioning gas pipelines. According to the paper, security of supply for electricity is so high that Switzerland does not have to build gas combined cycle power plants in the medium and long term. "The position paper of the Federal Office of Energy argues from a very narrow perspective," criticized Thomas Hegglin, spokesman for the Association of the Swiss Gas Industry. The Confederation estimates the possible contribution of the gas industry to an environmentally friendly energy supply as too low. At the same time he sees the security of supply with electricity too positive.
New hope for a Green Federal Council
The door for a green Federal Council goes a crack. CVP President Gerhard Pfister does not want to exclude the election of a Greens instead of a FDP Federal Council a priori. It will now wait to see how the strength ratios presented after the Council of States elections, and then make an interpretation, said Pfister to the "Sunday newspaper". In the CVP, meanwhile, scenarios are already being drafted in which the choice of a Green Party would be possible: "If the Greens confirm their success in the Council of States, SP and GLP clearly stand behind a green candidature and they with the former Bernese government council Benrhard powder or a Duo powder and Regula Rytz, we can not pretend that nothing has happened. "
High purity cocaine flooded the Swiss market
The emergencies are piling up. The purity of cocaine has doubled in Switzerland within 8 years. A direct consequence of the ever-increasing quantities that are entering Europe with new smuggling methods. No other illegal drug in Switzerland and Europe brings so many consumers to the emergency department of the hospitals. Research by the SonntagsZeitung shows that the number of emergencies is increasing. The chief physician of the emergency center of the Inselspital Bern says that in 2013 they treated 22 patients with cocaine poisoning. By 2019, it would be well over 100 patients.
Climate versus nature protection: Wind energy on the upswing
Switzerland is a developing country in terms of wind energy. But now things get moving, as the SonntagsBlick writes. The cantonal court in Vaud has just made a groundbreaking verdict: It has spoken out in favor of the wind farm "Sur Grati" in the Vaud Jura. At Vallorbe, six turbines are expected to supply 11,000 households in the region with electricity. Remarkable in the Vaud judgment: The judges weight the expansion of renewable energy higher than the objections of nature or landscape conservationists. The expansion of wind power has been a declared goal of Switzerland since the adoption of the Energy Strategy 2050. By 2050, the federal government wants to cover seven percent of Switzerland's electricity needs with wind power. In 2017, the people explicitly said yes. Reto Rigassi is managing director of Suisse Eole, the association of Swiss wind energy. After the decision of Vaud, he finally sees wind power on the upswing. For the coming months he expects further judgments in favor of wind power. So he expects in the next few weeks, a federal court decision on a planned wind farm at Grenchen SO. The nature conservation organization Birdlife had passed a previous judgment to the Federal Court. Werner Muller from Birdlife Switzerland emphasizes that, regardless of the federal energy strategy, every project should be balanced: "The Nature and Homeland Security Act is not out of force due to the energy transition." Planned wind farms are testing Birdlife Switzerland for its natural compatibility. "Just as with other interventions in semi-natural areas." Raimund Rodewald of the Foundation for Landscape Conservation Switzerland foresees that the balancing act between landscape and climate protection will continue to grow. The new court rulings did not simplify the situation: "We are now discussing our future strategy at the highest level."
A new showdown about the purchase of UPC by Sunrise is starting
Telecom provider Sunrise has canceled the takeover of UPC literally at the last minute. But there is a chance that it comes just as the last push to a reissue of the business. As the "SonntagsZeitung" writes, the additional article to the existing purchase agreement made possible by Sunrise and the UPC parent company Liberty Global. As the Supplemental Articles to the Purchase Agreement published by the US Securities and Exchange Commission indicate, Liberty Global may request from Sunrise another Extraordinary General Meeting. Sunrise, on the other hand, can unilaterally terminate the purchase agreement as of Tuesday, if Liberty Global does not request an Extraordinary General Meeting by midnight Monday morning. If such an application were made, Sunrise could not withdraw from the agreement for thirty days. In shareholder circles of the telecom provider Sunrise is now a scenario round, as the purchase of UPC could still work: on the one hand, the original selling price for UPC must be reduced from 6.3 to 4.5 billion francs. On the other hand, Sunrise should pay the seller into shares instead of cash. To raise the billions would require a capital increase. Part of the newly created Sunrise titles would go to Liberty Global.
Pope investigates role of Credit Suisse in financial scandal
Pope Francis ordered a raid in early October for a questionable purchase of real estate. Now an investigation is under way, in which among other things the role of the Credit Suisse with the deal is to be cleared up. This is what the SonntagsZeitung writes. At the center of the action is the real estate project 60 Sloane Avenue in London's Chelsea, one of the most expensive addresses in the British capital. Involved in the luxury property are the Vatican and the Italian investor Raffaele Mincione. The second largest Swiss bank served as a mediator between Mincione and the Vatican: Credit Suisse had organized a first meeting between Mincione and a representative of the Vatican. In 2014, the Vatican transferred some $ 200 million from Swiss bank accounts of Credit Suisse and BSI in Lugano to an investment fund controlled by Mincione. The Vatican investigation will clarify many questions. For example, are the 200 million of which the Vatican Bank and Financial Supervision had no knowledge of black money? Were donations from the so-called Peterspfennig used, which are actually intended for the world's poorest? The investigation should also clarify the role of Credit Suisse: Was it only acting as a mediator? Or did it structure the real estate deal in London structurally?
Zermatt designs strategy against day tourists
The Matterhorndorf does not want guests who do not stay overnight in the village. "We are aiming to make our offer so that all spend at least two nights in Zermatt," said Mario Noti, board member of the local hotel association, the "NZZ am Sonntag". The village should not be experienced in a few hours. Therefore, stays were marketed with looks of sunrise and sunset, sports and shopping. According to Noti, unlike other destinations, most Asian groups sleep once or twice in Zermatt. The local tourism organization has also eliminated structural measures to reduce bottlenecks in the village. "The most popular vantage point for photography was rebuilt because the infrastructure was reaching its limits," says Simona Altwegg from Zermatt Tourismus. Now a regulated coexistence of traffic and guests is possible.
In the next five years threatened ten billion higher health costs
The premiums will hardly rise this year, but from 2020 care, doctors and medicines will see a new cost surge. This is what the SonntagsZeitung writes. About half of this will be passed on to the health insurance premiums, with the rest going to taxpayers or self-paying patients. This is calculated by the health insurance association Santesuisse. New and expensive drugs, such as Novartis' new drug Kymriah, which costs 370,000 Swiss francs, are expected to increase costs by one billion a year. The second big cost surge threatens with the new billing rate for the doctors. Santesuisse expects additional costs of 2.5 billion francs. The third increase in billions in costs threatens the care. On the one hand Santesuisse expects an additional need for caregivers of ten percent in the next few years. On the other hand, additional costs of several billion Swiss francs would be added until 2030 if the submitted popular initiative of the Swiss Professional Association of Nursing were accepted.
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