President of Switzerland

09.12.2015 - 20:36 | Tags: | Category: All, Europe Leaders

Johann Schneider-Ammann, President of Switzerland (takes office on Jan 1, 2016)

Johann Schneider-Ammann, President of SwitzerlandJohann Niklaus Schneider-Ammann (born 18 February 1952) is a Swiss businessman and politician. Member of the Free Democratic Party, he was elected to the Swiss National Council in 1999. The son of a veterinary born in Sumiswald, Switzerland, he graduated as an electrical engineer from the ETH Zürich in 1977, and obtained a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in France in 1983.

He acted as head of his family’s mechanical engineering company Ammann Group in the 4th generation, from 1990 to 2010, when he passed control over the company to his two children. He chaired the corporate union Swissmem from 1999. He was elected to the National Council in 1999 and re-elected in 2003 and 2007. In the context of the 2008 financial crisis, he took a critical stances on bonuses awarded to the finance industry. In 2008, his company moved substantial funds to a tax haven in Jersey.

On 22 September 2010, he was elected to the Swiss Federal Council, as successor to Hans-Rudolf Merz. He is the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research—the Swiss commerce minister(formerly the Federal Department of Economic Affairs)–taking office on 1 November 2010. Schneider-Ammann had previously announced his intention to step down from his corporate responsibilities as well as various board memberships if elected.

Schneider-Ammann is married, has two children and lives in Langenthal.

Simonetta Sommaruga, Former President of Switzerland (since Jan 1, 2015)

Simonetta Sommaruga, President of SwitzerlandSimonetta Sommaruga (born 14 May 1960) is a Swiss politician of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland. She is a member of the Swiss Federal Council, the federal government of Switzerland, and head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (the Swiss justice minister). She served as Vice President of the Swiss Confederation for the year 2014, and in 2015 succeeded to the role of President.

Sommaruga is married to the writer Lukas Hartmann and lives in Spiegel near Bern. She is a distant relative of Cornelio Sommaruga.


Didier Burkhalter, Former President of Switzerland (elected on Dec 4, 2013)

Didier Burkhalter, President of SwitzerlandDidier Burkhalter (born 17 April 1960 in Neuchâtel) is a Swiss politician of FDP.The Liberals. As of January 1, 2014, he serves as President of the Swiss Confederation. He was elected as member of the Swiss Federal Councilon 16 September 2009, and succeeded Pascal Couchepin on 1 November 2009 when he became head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (the Swiss interior minister). On 16 December 2011, the Federal Council announced that as of 1 January 2012, Burkhalter will head the Department of Foreign Affairs.

A native of the Canton of Neuchâtel, he was member of the parliament of the Canton of Neuchâtel from 1990 to 2001. From 2003 to 2007, Burkhalter was a member of the Swiss National Council. He has a degree in economics.

On 11 November 2007, he was elected to the Council of States, along with Social Democratic Party (SP) candidate Gisèle Ory, who was re-elected for a second term. Pierre Bonhôte, the other social democratic incumbent, was not re-elected. During the election campaign, Burkhalter was backed by the Liberal Party (PLS) and the SVP/UDC, though the SVP/UDC scarcely endorsed him publicly.

In 2013, Burkhalter was elected as Vice President of the Confederation, alongside President Ueli Maurer, all but assuring his election as president in 2014. Due to a large amount of turnover on the Federal Council since the start of the millennium, Burkhalter is the longest-serving member of the Federal Council who at the time, had not yet served as president.

On January 1, 2014 Burkhalter assumed the office as President of the Swiss Confederation. As President of the Confederation, Burkhalter presides over meetings of the Federal Council and carries out representative functions that would normally be handled by a head of state in other democracies (though in Switzerland, the Federal Council as a whole is regarded as the head of state). He is also the highest-ranking official in the Swiss order of precedence, and has the power to act on behalf of the whole Council in emergency situations. However, in most cases, the president is merely primus inter pares, with no powers over and above his six colleagues.


Micheline Calmy-Rey, Former President of the Swiss Confederation

Micheline Calmy-Rey, President of the Swiss Confederation (since Dec 10, 2010)

Micheline Calmy-Rey, President of the Swiss Confederation (since Dec 10, 2010)

Micheline Calmy-Rey was born in Sion in Canton Valais on 8 July 1945 . She is married with two children and has a degree in political science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

For 20 years she ran a book distribution business. In 1979, she joined the Socialist Party of Geneva, which she later served as president for two terms. As a deputy in the Grand Conseil, or cantonal legislature, she took an interest in public finance, and when she became a member of the cantonal government in 1998, she took over as head of the Department of Finance. In four years, she achieved her goal through a thorough restructuring of the Department’s services. She also successfully oversaw the restructuring of the Cantonal Bank of Geneva which was burdened by a large volume of non-performing loans.

Micheline Calmy-Rey was elected to the Swiss Federal Council on 4 December 2002 and was appointed as head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). She pursues an active foreign policy marked by a commitment to promoting peace, respect for international law and human rights, and the fight against poverty. The aim of this policy is to ensure security and well-being for all Swiss citizens.

In 2007, Micheline Calmy-Rey was President of the Confederation.

On December 10, 2010, Parliament elected Micheline Calmy-Rey as President for 2011 (106 of 189 votes).

Click here to view MICHELINE CALMY-REY’s CV.

Doris Leuthard, Former President of the Swiss Confederation

Doris Leuthard, Former President of the Swiss Confederation

Prior to assuming her current position as Head of the FDEA on 1 August 2006, Mrs. Leuthard had been a member of the National Council for seven years and President of the Christian Democratic People’s Party from 2004. During her time in the National Council, she was a member of the committees for legal affairs, political institutions, judicial affairs and economic affairs and taxation.

Mrs. Leuthard was born in 1963 and is a lawyer by training. She is married to Dr. Roland Hausin, a research chemist.


Hans-Rudolf Merz, Former President of the Swiss Confederation

Hans-Rudolf Merz, President of Switzerland

Hans-Rudolf Merz was born in Herisau on 10 November 1942 (and is a citizen of Beinwil am See). After attending primary school and secondary school in Herisau and high school in Trogen, he went to the University of St. Gallen. He completed his studies in 1971 with a dissertation on the subject of “Financial assets and administrative assets from the standpoint of public law and economics”, and was awarded a doctorate in political sciences. Between 1967 and 1969, he also held the post of Assistant Lecturer at the Institute of Public Finance and Fiscal Law at the University of St. Gallen.

After leaving university, Hans-Rudolf Merz worked as Secretary of the FDP St. Gallen between 1969 and 1974 and also as managing director of the Appenzell Ausserrhoden Industrial Association. At the same time, he was manager of the Herisau Sports Centre. This was followed by a post as Deputy Director of UBS’s Wolfsberg Executive Development Centre between 1974 and 1977. Between 1977 and 2003, Mr Merz worked as an independent business consultant and was on the board of various Swiss industrial and services companies. His field of activity covered the Middle East, South Africa, Latin America and Europe. As a business consultant he specialised in the recruitment and training of senior management together with corporate development.

Before being elected to the Federal Council, Hans-Rudolf Merz was Chairman of the Board of Directors for Helvetia Patria Insurance AG, St. Gallen, Cilander Textile Finishing AG, Herisau and the holding company Anova Holding AG, Hurden. Furthermore up until the end of 2003, he also held directorships in Hüber + Suhner AG, Herisau, Concast Holding AG, Zurich and Steinegg Holding AG, Herisau. Before this he had been Chairman of Spinnerei Streiff AG in Aathal and Chairman of the Appenzell Ausserrhoden Cantonal Bank where he was responsible for the reorganisation and sale of the bank to the Union Bank of Switzerland. He has also held directorships in Schmidt-Agence AG, Schläpfer AG Appenzeller-Zeitung and SIG AG, Neuhausen.

In 1997 Hans-Rudolf Merz was elected to the Council of States as a representative of Appenzell Ausserrhoden where, as a member of the Radical Free Democratic Party (FDP), he chaired the Finance Committee and was a member of the Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Committees. In addition, he was vice-president of the OSCE delegation. He was elected to the Federal Council in December 2003. Since taking office at the start of 2004, Mr. Merz has been head of the Federal Department of Finance (FDF). On 10 December 2008, he was elected President of the Swiss Confederation for 2009 by the United Federal Assembly.

Hans-Rudolf Merz is married and the father of three grown-up sons. Culture and sport are the mainstay of his spare time activities. His hobbies include opera, jazz, cultural history, literature and ice hockey. Before being elected to the Federal Council, he was president of the Folklore Museum in Stein in Appenzell Ausserrhoden and the Ferdinand Gehr Foundation in St. Gallen, as well as being a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Gallen City Theatre and a trustee of the Steinegg Foundation. For many years he was also president of the Herisau Ice Skating Club.

In the army, Hans-Rudolf Merz held the rank of Major.


Micheline Calmy-Rey, Former President of Switzerland

Micheline Calmy-Rey (born July 8, 1945) is a Swiss politician, member of the Swiss Federal Council since 2003. She is head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (the Swiss foreign minister) and President of the Confederation for 2007.
Early life and education

Calmy-Rey was born in Sion in the canton of Valais to Charles and Adeline Rey. She received her diploma in 1963 in St. Maurice, and received a degree in political science at the Institut de hautes études internationales (HEI) (Graduate Institute of International Studies) in 1968. In 1966 she married André Calmy. They have two children.

From 1981-1997 Calmy-Rey served as a Congresswoman in the Grand Conseil of the canton of Geneva as a member of the Social Democratic Party (PSS/SPS), and served as president of the assembly during 1992-1993. She was president of the Geneva section of the party from 1986-1990 and again from 1993-1997. In 1997, Calmy-Rey was elected to the Conseil d’Etat of Geneva. In 2001 she became head of the Finance Department and president of the Conseil d’Etat.

She was elected on December 4, 2002 to the Federal Council, heading the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Calmy-Rey is only the fourth woman elected to the Federal Council in history. On December 7, 2005 she was elected Vice-President of Switzerland, a post she held for the calendar year of 2006.

In 2007 she will be the second female President of the Confederation in history, the first having been her predecessor on the Federal Council, Ruth Dreifuss. She was elected as President on 13 December 2006 by 147 votes.

  • Heck of a job there, it asobluetly helps me out.

  • West Yorkshire Police.

    We note that Det Chief Inspector Steven Taylor has been removed as Head of the Economic Crime Unit and demoted to Det. Inspector. ( one down two to go.)

    A file of some 339 pages including scores of documentation has been forwarded to the following —
    640 — Members of Parliament.
    460 — Members of the House of Lords.
    Ministry of Justice.
    F.S.A. – Financial Services Authority.
    Serious Fraud Office,
    Peters & Peters .London. — Solicitors.
    Pictet & Cie Bank — London & Geneva.
    West Yorkshire Police Authority.
    I.P.C.C.— Independent Police Complaints Commission.
    C.C.R.C. — Criminal Cases Review Commission.
    Swiss Ambassador London.

  • jack loach

    The Criminal Super Class.
    Police. April.2012.

    Over approximately five years of hitting the internet with a case that involves criminality by a major Swiss Bank , Britain’s most prominent fraud lawyer and a regional police force headed by one of Britains top policeman. ( Surely justice should prevail.)

    In fact the complete opposite even though the offences committed are very serious.

    Conspiring to Pervert the Course of Justice.
    Perverting the Course of Justice.
    Contempt of Court.—————— plus a dozen or so smaller offences.

    In the five years some 6-7million e-mails have been forwarded to all Members of Parliaments in Britain and Switzerland, every barrister and chambers in Europe .
    Every law inforcement body in both countries , and America. Even raised in Parliament twice.

    The banking fraternity fully aware of this case still decide to give the Private Banker of the Year Award to Ivan Pictet — Pictet & Cie Bank. ( Him being the person most responsible for the crimes committed by him and his bank partners. )

    The legal fraternity decided that Monty Raphael of Peters & Peters . London became an honourable Queens Counsellor and to rub the salt in six months later made a Master of the Bench. He also was guilty of all the above offences but so what. At this rate he might become King by the end of the year.

    The police ( West Yorkshire Police.) headed by Sir Norman Bettison has not improved as a force on fighting crime. They are now worse than the days of the Yorkshire Ripper , when they had him in custody nine times and let him go. If it hadn’t been for the South Yorkshire Police force catching the Ripper he would have still been at large to day .

    Then they wonder why the man in the street becomes angry and decides to riot.
    Even after five years of exposing their crimes on the internet , they dare not take legal action to stop us — no injunctions — no writs – they can’t risk going to jail.
    All we can do is to continue pressing for justice and up the pressure on the internet. For the next five years and beyond.

  • jack loach

    Pictet & Cie. Bank – list of crimes.

    1996 —- Breach in London.
    2003 — FSA — States rogues operating in Pictet’s –London
    Office . Ivan Pictet said documents were forgeries but
    were lated proved to be genuine. Had documents held
    in London office destroyed.

    2007 — Japan. —- The Securities and Exchange Surveillance
    issued a recommendation that the Prime Minister and
    The Commissioner of the FSA to take disciplinary
    action against Pictet Asset Management. Japan Ltd.

    2008 — Dec. —Pictet Bank state — “ we have never chosen
    any funds linked to Madoff.”

    2011 — Madoff Trustees sue Pictet & Cie. For $156 Million.

    2011— Bank at centre of Bribery and money laundering case.
    Being sued for $350 million. ( In U.S.A.)

    2012.— Geneva Bank Pictet used in Offshore Tax Scheme.
    U.S. Authority states.

  • jack loach

    British Justice. — Update. Oct. 11th 2012.

    Lawyers — we cannot promise you’ll get justice but you will get the law.
    We are getting neither.

    The Problem.— the following are supposed to be whiter than white.

    Lawyers. –Peters & Peters.-London.— Monty Raphael. Q.C.
    Bankers.- Pictet& Cie.-London- Switzerland.— Ivan Pictet.
    Government Institutions . F.S.A.- Financial Services Authority.
    Police.— Sir Norman Bettison. and numerous West Yorkshire Police
    officers –guilty of crimes.

    ** They have broken the “law” but we cannot get “justice.”

    We were fobbed off in 2005 by the FSA when we pointed out some fifteen
    shortcomings in their regulatory and legal obligations in dealing with the banks.
    Along came RBS and all that followed. Banking chaos — completely out of
    control. Brought the country to its knees.

    Our dealings with Law Enforcement bodies at all levels showed the same
    arrogance — we are the law we protect our own — bugger Joe public. —
    bugger the laws we are paid to enforce.

    Sir Norman Bettison –Chief Constable –West Yorkshire Police ordered the Forces
    Solicitor to ignore a High Court judges ruling to hand over “ non sensitive –
    unused material” — . ( can anybody control him.)

    Monty Raphael Q.C. — too clever by half — in conjunction with his client the
    notorious Pictet & Cie. Swiss Bank — decide to leave out / destroy crucial
    documents requested under a High Court Order.

    None of the above pillar’s of society will take me to Court and say I’m telling
    untruth’s, I keep on hoping.

    Read the story;

    Google; — Ivan Pictet. Banker.

  • jack loach

    — Jan. 18 th. 2014.

    & Cie Bank —- List of Crimes.

    1996 —–
    F.S.A— Breach in London.

    2003 —– F.S.A.
    — States rogues operating in Pictet’s London office. Ivan Pictet

    that documents were forgeries but were later proved to be genuine in

    British Courts. He had documents destroyed in their London office —

    to hide the crimes.

    .- – – The Securities and Exchange Surveillance issued a

    the Prime Minister and The Commissioner of the FSA to take
    disciplinary action against Pictet Asset Management – Japan Ltd.

    .– Dec. – Pictet Bank state – ” We have never chosen
    any funds linked to Madoff.

    2011 – – – Madoff
    Trustees sue Pictet & Cie. Bank for $156 Million.

    2011- – – Pictet &
    Cie Bank abetted a Bribery Scheme – Oil company sues Pictet for

    2012 – – – April
    – Geneva Bank Pictet used in Offshore Tax Scheme. ( USA.)

    2012 — – June.
    — Published in Anglo INFO .Geneva.— USA Trust Fund Investors were
    sent false and fraudulent documents by Pictet Bank in order to
    collect large fees. ( Like MADOFF)

    Even after the SEC
    in the USA uncovered the fraud Pictet continued to charge fees and
    drain whatever was left in these accounts. Estimated that $90 million
    lost in this Pictet Ponzi scheme.

    2012 – – – July.
    — De – Spiegel. — states – Pictet Bank uses a letterbox
    company in

    and a tax loophole involving investments in London to gain

    millionaires as clients.

    – – – August —- German Opposition Leader accuses Swiss Banks of
    “organised crime.”

    — Jan.— Swiss MP’ table motion to freeze Tiab Mahmud’s assets of
    ” criminal origins”

    in Swiss banks – $18 million held in 5 accounts at Pictet &
    Cie. Bank. Bahamas.

    the Pictet & Cie.Bank partners are bigger criminals than the
    criminals who have accounts in the their bank.

    bank is now seeking to re-structure — to cut the partners liability
    – hoping to off load their decades of criminal responsibilty –
    and move onwards to carry out new crimes. The Germans are right —
    the bankers should go to prison if found guilty of financial crimes..

    &Peters – Partners.— (1999—2013)— guilty.

    & Cie. — Partners. — (1999 — 2013)—guilty.

    bank and it’s officials/lawyers deliberately withheld crucial
    documents requested under a High Court order. The bank and it’s
    officials/lawyers deliberately withheld evidence from the Police, and
    one of it’s account managers Susan
    Broadhead gave a false witness
    statement to the Police.

    Another one of it’s
    managers Nicholas Campiche
    ( Now Head of Pictet – Alternative Investments.) concocted a letter
    pretending to be a client and closed his account. The senior partner
    (Ivan Pictet.) sought
    to have numerous documents destroyed,along with those copies held in
    their London office’s of Pictet
    Asset Management. Initially
    stating that they were forgeries then their lawyers Peters
    & Peters – Monty Raphael Q.C.–and
    the barrister Charles Flint.Q.C.
    later had to admit in Court that
    the documents were genuine.

    Parliament. Hansard .29th
    March 2007.

    Barry Sheerman

    Constituents of mine have lost
    £2 million through fraud. The fraudster used Pictet & Cie – – a
    French Bank – – and Pictet Asset Management to back the fraud being

    Both Ivan Pictet
    and Monty Raphael.Q.C. conspired to withhold crucial documents
    requested by the High Court – the FSA — and the Police Fraud

    Parliamentary Questions received by the table office ..

    (1) To ask the
    secretary of state what steps he is taking to ensure that Swiss Banks
    such as Pictet & Cie do not evade criminal prosecution under EU
    law even when the illegal act is committed by a London based

    (2)To ask the
    secretary of state what steps he is taking to protect the rights of
    UK citizens who seek redress following criminal activities by Swiss
    banks with subsidiary offices located in London.

    *** We
    note that there has been a sharp increase in Peters & Peters
    partners leaving to go to other practices. Moving does not alleviate
    them of any responsibility from any illegalities that may have
    occurred at Peters & Peters during their partnership tenure. From
    1999 onwards.

    The consensus of
    opinion is the Pictet & Cie should be prosecuted , and that their
    U.K. banking licence should be taken away.

    Their Solicitors at
    Peters & Peters .London “ struck off and prosecuted..”

    *** Started
    campaign — June 6th.2008.

    5 .5years —-
    approx 10 .5 million e-mails – – – but still no writs, injunctions or
    threats of litigation – – – WHY – – – because it is all true.

    *** . The bigger
    they are — the harder they fall.!!!

    America —- they would have all been in prison for the last seven

    Feb 2013,—
    Pictet & Cie Bank Partners remove their unlimited liability.

    They realise that
    all their personal wealth is at risk , the people they have conned
    might want their money back.

    Full Story.***

    . ” Google ”
    or ” Yahoo” .—- “images”

    Insert– ( Charles
    Pictet. Banker.

    Insert– ( Ivan

    Insert– ( Jacques
    de Saussure.Banker.

    Insert– ( Nicolas
    Pictet. Banker.

    Insert– (
    Jean-Francois Demole.Banker.

    Insert — (
    Philippe Bertherat. Banker.

    Insert– ( Renaud
    de Planta. Banker.

    Insert. — ( Monty

    the last eighteen months we posted the following on hundreds of sites
    . —

    Were currently waiting for the West Yorkshire Police ;-

    Constable . Sir Norman Bettison

    Solicitor. Mike Percival.

    of Economic Crime Unit. Det Chief Inspector. Steven Taylor.

    see if they continue to cover up this case like the FSA. – “
    watch this space.”

    can now state that all the above have been removed from their posts.
    All three facing criminal allegations.