Znüni News – Monday May 17

The canton police is being modernised. In future anyone driving between Emmen and Wikon will be liable to have their number plate scanned. Should this be flagged as being a “wanted” person’s vehicle, the police will receive an automatic notification and be able to arrest that person. The canton of Lucerne will be joining eight other cantons equipped with similar technology. Lucerne is also hoping to have a more active role in sharing information with other cantons in order to prevent burglar gangs from being so effective. The new rules will be put in place by mid 2022.

Summer 2022 will also be the first time that a Gay Parade will take place in Lucerne. It will follow in the footsteps of Zurich, Geneva and Bern who all have their own gay parades.

President Biden has fixed his gaze on Switzerland and wants to put an end to its tax-haven status with american companies. The Swiss are arguing that a lot has been done in the past 15 years to deal with money laundering and other unsavory aspects of secret banking, but the fact is that its tax laws remain attractive to many foreign companies. The current american administration has an ambitious domestic plan that requires a lot of money and will probably try and get companies to move their headquarters “back home” in order to tax them there. Switzerland, on the other hand, wants foreign companies to keep their headquarters here, not only for tax purposes but also to help it to remain one of the leading countries in technological advances. Interesting times lie ahead.

What makes Basel so popular in Albania? A soap opera of course! “Te Berberi” is a TV series which centres around a barber shop in Basel run by an albanian and where albanian celebrities playing themselves come to have their hair cut. The series is a huge hit and you can watch some of it right here.

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