Vladimir Putin: has ratings of more than 80 per cent after months of standoff with the US and EU

A century after Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin plotted revolution from Zurich, Russia’s most famous ex-prisoner, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, harbours simil(...)

Christoph Schäublin, director of foundation of the Swiss Kunstmuseum in Bern: “Works that proven or very likely to be looted art don’t as a rule come over the threshold of the Kunstmuseum Berne.” Photograph: Britta Pedersen/EPA

The Swiss Kunstmuseum in Berne has agreed to accept works from the Gurlitt family collection not suspected of being Nazi looted art. The beques(...)

A still from SLR by Stephen Fingleton: the story of a pornographer who becomes obsessed with a mysterious, anonymous photographer

Two Northern Irish films have made it onto the long list for best live-action short at the Academy Awards. Ten films appear on the list, from which fi(...)

Lisa Redmond: ‘I wait until I’m in a bad mood to call the insurance company.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Insurance is not the sexiest word in the English language, but paying attention to the bottom line when it comes to car, home and life insurance wi(...)

Nomos Zurizh Worldtimer Watch

Nomos Zurich Worldtimer Watch  (pictured above) Despite the “Zurich” in there, Nomos is German, having been established just after the(...)

Sweet spot: Aryzta chief executive Owen Killian at a ceremony in the RDS last Friday at which he was awarded the Gold Medal for industry in recognition of his success with Aryzta and previously IAWS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Aryzta boss Owen Killian tells a story about returning to Dublin from Zurich in January 2010. At the time, Ireland was in financial meltdown: unemp(...)

Real grass (above) is all the top players are looking for in next year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada. Officials want them to play the tournament on an artificial surface. Photograph: Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Attempts to force Canada to stage the Women’s World Cup on grass instead of artificial turf is now a legal matter, with US football star Abby Wambach (...)

Romanian born Elena Mosuc has been around for some time, principally associated with the Zurich opera house, where she has appeared in most of the (...)

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The fund run by Covestone beat rival funds managed by much larger financial institutions such as Davy, Irish Life, Merrion, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and Zurich. Photograph: Reuters

A fund run by Dublin-based wealth manager Covestone has delivered a 31 per cent return for its investors to the end of August, since it launched in Ju(...)

Golf GTE: a disturbingly charming bundle of fun, stupendously well equipped with LED headlights, satnav, Bluetooth, 16-inch alloys
Golf GTE a certain Volkswagen success
  • Motors
  • September 17, 2014, 00:00

Where BMW invested and risked billions with its stand-alone i3 strategy, Volkswagen has delivered a plug-in hybrid that looks like a Golf GTi, goes li(...)