Switzerland. According to
Countryaah, Switzerland avoided a devastating boycott
from the United States when, during the summer, after often
bitter negotiations, Swiss banks reached an agreement with
Jewish organizations to compensate for seized Jewish assets
during World War II. The settlement meant that the Swiss
banks would pay the equivalent of SEK 10 billion to
survivors of the Holocaust and Jewish groups.
At the same time, the banks agreed to pay just over SEK 8
million to Christoph Meili, the night watchman who in 1997
rescued documents that would be destroyed and handed them
over to Jewish leaders in Switzerland. Meili was charged
with breach of confidentiality, but the case was closed.
After he and his family were threatened with death, the
family moved to the United States.
In a referendum in the autumn, the Swiss said a definite
no to a proposal for a total legalization of drugs. The
proposal came from parents of abusers, independent doctors
and lawyers. Switzerland has the largest proportion of drug
users per inhabitant in Europe, and the supply of drugs is
large. Typical for Swiss addicts is that they come from all
walks of life.
Interior Minister Ruth Dreifuss became president in
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Swiss airline Swissair suffered its worst accident so far
when a plane from New York to Geneva crashed into the sea
off Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, killing 229 people.