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The Economist's suggestions for how to do business in Zurich

Gulliver, The Economist's business-travel blogger, has writen an entry on Gulliver offers Zurich insurance. Light reading, few (if any) insights, but since it is short it might amuse some of you. This one made me smile:
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Zurchers like to think of themselves as being a little more outgoing and cosmopolitan than the cliché of the modest and reserved German-speaking Swiss. When it comes to their business dealings, however, they are more than happy to revert to stereotype.
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Gulliver, The Economist's business-travel blogger, has writen an entry on Gulliver offers Zurich insurance. Light reading, few (if any) insights, but since it is short it might amuse some of you. This one made me smile:
Seen the latest front cover ?
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Re: The Economist's suggestions for how to do business in Zurich

Do bear in mind that whereas the Economist does in general have a high editorial quality, they are very good at repeatedly proving that they are clueless to the verge of comedy as far as understanding life on mainland Europe (and especially Switzerland) is concerned. This is why I've stopped reading that particular category of articles.

Remember their articles on Blocher and the SVP for example? Embarrassingly poor research I would say.
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Do bear in mind that whereas the Economist does in general have a high editorial quality, they are very good at repeatedly proving that they are clueless to the verge of comedy as far as understanding life on mainland Europe (and especially Switzerland) is concerned. This is why I've stopped reading that particular category of articles.

Remember their articles on Blocher and the SVP for example? Embarrassingly poor research I would say.
I've been subscribing to The Economist for about 10 years now as I've always thought it is the best-written weekly out there (along with The New Yorker).
I'm not disagreeing with your points about making mistakes in its European coverage but I've personally never really noticed it. What in particular do they get wrong?
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I've been subscribing to The Economist for about 10 years now as I've always thought it is the best-written weekly out there (along with The New Yorker).
I'm not disagreeing with your points about making mistakes in its European coverage but I've personally never really noticed it. What in particular do they get wrong?
As I did say above, I am on the whole impressed by the Economist's general standards and have been reading it on and off for about four years. I never had a subscription but pick up copies that look interesting at the newsstand from time to time.

I do remember though reading an article on Blocher which more or less portrayed him as a Hitler clone and the average SVP supporters as a bunch of skinheads on subsidized income wearing bomber jackets, SS-tatoos and Doc Martens seeking to beat the pulp out of the Ausländer on every street corner in Zürich. Obviously the person who penned it was relying on second and third hand sources and failed to address the real issues. For example that at the time the SVP was the largest party and was demanding a second Bundesrat seat on the basis of its success at the polls, not on the basis of fist power from the streets.

There was also one hilarious article about the French in which it claimed that the reason the French hate the Americans was that Americans make better movies. Ask any average French person and they'll tell you the opposite as Hollywood is (supposedly) actually looking to the French cinema for ideas and even buying film scripts wholesale (at least according to the French). So again it looks as if the journalist didn't do some basic research into French opinion.
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Do bear in mind that whereas the Economist does in general have a high editorial quality, they are very good at repeatedly proving that they are clueless to the verge of comedy as far as understanding life on mainland Europe (and especially Switzerland) is concerned. This is why I've stopped reading that particular category of articles.

Remember their articles on Blocher and the SVP for example? Embarrassingly poor research I would say.

This point provokes critical thought. I've always considered the Economist a good source of in depth information. Where else can I get a good read about certain obscure parts of the world I never visit. But their coverage of Switzerland now makes me question the precision of their coverage of other countries.
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As I did say above, I am on the whole impressed by the Economist's general standards and have been reading it on and off for about four years. I never had a subscription but pick up copies that look interesting at the newsstand from time to time.

I do remember though reading an article on Blocher which more or less portrayed him as a Hitler clone and the average SVP supporters as a bunch of skinheads on subsidized income wearing bomber jackets, SS-tatoos and Doc Martens seeking to beat the pulp out of the Ausländer on every street corner in Zürich. Obviously the person who penned it was relying on second and third hand sources and failed to address the real issues. For example that at the time the SVP was the largest party and was demanding a second Bundesrat seat on the basis of its success at the polls, not on the basis of fist power from the streets.

There was also one hilarious article about the French in which it claimed that the reason the French hate the Americans was that Americans make better movies. Ask any average French person and they'll tell you the opposite as Hollywood is (supposedly) actually looking to the French cinema for ideas and even buying film scripts wholesale (at least according to the French). So again it looks as if the journalist didn't do some basic research into French opinion.
I remember those articles. I remember thinking the Blocher one was a bit harsh but then again, I hate the guy so it wouldn't have bothered me.
With regard to the cinema one, I think it was actually pointing out that American films are increasingly beating French ones at the French domestic box office, and the demand amongst the Frenach young is more for Hollywood-style blockbusters rather than the traditionally more cerebral and introspective home-grown French faire. If it did suggest that anyone actually thinks that American mainstream films are of a higher artistic quality than French, rather than simply more financially successful, that would indeed be a bit silly...
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I've been subscribing to The Economist for about 10 years now as I've always thought it is the best-written weekly out there (along with The New Yorker).
Excellent analogy! I read The Economist as much for the writing as for the substance.
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This point provokes critical thought. I've always considered the Economist a good source of in depth information. Where else can I get a good read about certain obscure parts of the world I never visit. But their coverage of Switzerland now makes me question the precision of their coverage of other countries.
The Economist is very good. But there are some howlers. Some years ago, the Economist classified Switzerland as politically unstable. Because we have a new president each year. Apparently they do not understand the Swiss concept of a rotating chairmanship.
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I stopped reading The Economist regularly almost two years ago. I found their stance on economics itself woefully mainstream (treatment of Peak Oil and Climate Change for one and two), and therefore often quite wrong. I also wondered where their unswerving support for globalisation comes from. I shudder to think how wrong they've managed to be on the current credit crunch.

However, it took me a few years to come to disagree with them. For a long time I enjoyed the quality of the prose and the reasoning. The Economist fell out of favour when I thought I knew enough to form my own opinions.

Paradoxically, their Science and Technology section was always impressive. Paradoxical because, as a science, economics is currently laughable.

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Paradoxical because, as a science, economics is currently laughable.
As current conditions demonstrate that today's economics is faith-based.
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Their offshoot magazine 'Intelligent Life' is quite entertaining, if the newsy stuff isn't to your taste.

A bit metropolitan and aren't-we-all-so-clever (like a print version of Radio 4), but a diverting way to waste a train journey if there's nothing better to read (such as the Fortean Times, for example, or the Daily Mail).

http://www.moreintelligentlife.com/

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Re: The Economist's suggestions for how to do business in Zurich

The importance of military merits is still overstated. I think Private E-2 Vasella would agree. But the whole article is probably helpful.
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