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Annual review 2015: what will be remembered

The franc shock, the refugee crisis, the attacks in Paris and much more - a look back at the most defining moments of the year in the NZZ Chronicle.

January 1st

Sociologist Ulrich Beck dies

The sociologist Ulrich Beck dies at the age of seventy. With “Risk Society” in 1986 he presented the book of the hour on the Chernobyl reactor accident. From then on, even beyond Germany, he became an active journalist for questions of the time.

January 7th

Attack on "Charlie Hebdo"

Islamists raid the editorial office of the Parisian satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo" and a kosher shop; they murder 17 people. The French stand up for freedom with large rallies.

January 8th

The Flaach case

A mother kills herself in prison after suffocating her two children in January.

January 14th

Change at Kuoni

After difficult years, the Swiss tourism group sold its travel agency business and limited itself to services for bulk buyers.

15. January

SNB cancels minimum euro exchange rate

The exchange rate floor of 1.20 francs per euro introduced by the Swiss National Bank in September 2011 is a thing of the past. Over the course of the day, the Swiss franc gains up to 30 percent.

January 19th

The harbor crane is being dismantled

The discussion about the crane will continue until December; then the Zurich municipal council will adopt a passage that forbids future port cranes for purposes of art.

22nd of January

ECB announces quantitative easing

The European Central Bank (ECB) decides to buy bonds for 60 billion euros per month until at least September 2016. With this she wants to fuel inflation.

January 30th

Deep repository for radioactive waste

The National Cooperative for the Storage of Radioactive Waste (Nagra) has submitted two site proposals to the federal government, which are now being examined in more depth: the regions of Zurich Northeast and Jura East. A decision by the Federal Council is expected in 2017.

February 6th

Sunrise debut on the stock market

The telecom provider has launched the largest IPO in Switzerland since 2006. The initial euphoria quickly evaporates. In mid-December, the price was around 16 percent below the issue price of 68 francs.

February 7th

Patrick Küng becomes downhill world champion

The man from Glarus became the first Swiss ski racer to win gold in Vail since Bruno Kernen in 1997.

February 11th

16 years imprisonment for Captain Schettino.

Francesco Schettino, the captain of the “Costa Concordia”, which ran aground off the Italian island of Giglio in 2012, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. In addition, he should make high compensation payments.

February 12th

Minsk II.

The conflicting parties in the Ukraine war agree on a renewed peace agreement.

8th of March

Record no to ecological tax reform

The Swiss electorate has given the green liberals a historically clear rejection of the “Energy instead of VAT” initiative. 92 percent of the voters as well as all the stands do not want to know anything about the introduction of a radical steering system.

March 10th

Solar Impulse starts to circumnavigate the world

The Solar Impulse 2 will start its 35,000-kilometer journey around the globe in March in Abu Dhabi. Piccard's troop breaks off the project due to repairs and stays in Hawaii. It continues in 2016.

March 10th

Change of boss at Credit Suisse

The bank appoints insurance manager Tidjane Thiam as its new CEO. Brady Dougan leaves office after seven years.

March 11

Exceptions are provided for cases of hardship

Five years after the deportation initiative was adopted, which provides for the automatic expulsion of criminal foreigners, Parliament agrees on an implementation that is compatible with the rule of law, including a hardship clause. The SVP opposes and holds on to its «enforcement initiative».

March 12th

Winterthur has to save

The city council presented a 44 million euro austerity package. The biggest cost driver is social assistance.

17. March

Partial solar eclipse in Switzerland and Europe

Some experience the partial solar eclipse on Zurich's Sechseläutenplatz, others get on a plane and return with impressive images of the total eclipse.

March 24th

150 dead in the crash of a Germanwings Airbus

On March 24, 2015, a Germanwings plane crashed in the French Alps. All 150 people on board perish. On March 26, it became clear: the co-pilot deliberately caused the aircraft to descend.

April 8th

Shell on a shopping spree

The British oil company is acquiring the gas producer BG Group for the equivalent of CHF 67 billion. It is the largest transaction in the energy sector in ten years.

10th of April

Drought Action in California

California is experiencing a dire drought. For the first time in history, California's cities are being forced under threat of high buses to reduce their water consumption.

2nd of April

The canton of Zurich votes, the FDP wins

Government councilor Martin Graf is voted out, the FDP wins eight seats in the cantonal council. The Greens lose six, the Green Liberals five seats.

12. April

The African American Freddie Gray dies in custody.

Six police officers in Baltimore are said to have inflicted serious injuries on the 25-year-old while being transported to the police station. Nationwide protests against police violence break out.

April 13th

Günter Grass dies in Lübeck

The Nobel Prize winner for literature Günter Grass dies at the age of 87. He had caused a sensation with the novel "The Tin Drum", as well as with the late admission that he was a member of the Waffen SS.

April 15th

High guest from the west

Switzerland receives François Hollande on a two-day state visit. After Armand Fallières, François Mitterand and Jacques Chirac, he is only the fourth French President to officially pay his respects to the Federal Bern.

17th April

Giulia Steingruber wins EM gold

The gymnast is the first Swiss woman to win an all-around European Championship. In October, the men's team qualified for the Olympics for the first time.

April 23

A curator for the Berliner Volksbühne

After months of speculation about the successor to Frank Castorf, whose director's contract had not been extended, the public found out: Chris Dercon, director of London's Tate Modern, is due to take over in 2017.

April 23

Human embryo genome edited

Chinese scientists publish that they have used the new Cripr / Cas9 method to change a gene in the genome of human embryos. It's about early basic research.

April 25

Over 8,000 dead in two severe earthquakes in Nepal

Violent earthquakes occur in Nepal in April and May 2015: the strongest earthquake (magnitude 7.8) on April 25 northwest of Kathmandu, the second strongest (7.2) on May 12 east of the capital.


Great Britain celebrates a princess

The Duchess Catherine gives birth to a daughter on May 2nd. The princess is fourth in line to the British throne. Her name is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, a tribute to Princess Diana.

May 6th

Big setback for friends of redistribution

The federal government will not levy any tax on large discounts in the future either. The inheritance tax initiative found little support at the ballot box with almost 29 percent yes votes. Even left-dominated cantons clearly say no.

May 7th

David Cameron's triumph

In the general election in Great Britain, the conservative Cameron party wins a triumphant victory.

May 7th

CO2 concentration breaks the sound barrier

The American weather agency Noaa announces that the mean global CO2 concentration in the atmosphere exceeded the threshold of 400 ppm for the first time in March 2015.

17th of May

Canada is ice hockey world champion

The team around the NHL superstar Sidney Crosby wins the finals in the Czech Republic superior.

May 27th

Arrest of FIFA officials in Zurich

The raid in a hotel is a symbol of the misery in the world football association.

June 1st

A ship with 458 passengers capsizes on the Yangtze in China

Over 400 people drown. The behavior of the captain, who was among the first to be rescued, raises questions.

3rd of June

Turin doctor announces head transplant

Sergio Canavero announced the prospect of the first head transplant in the media. He wants to realize this within two years. Worldwide, the plans are criticized as unethical and unfeasible.

June 7th

Stan Wawrinka wins the French Open

For the Swiss tennis player it is the second Grand Slam title after the Australian Open 2014.

18th of June

Rampage in a church in Charleston

Dylann Storm Roof, 21, massacred nine African Americans out of racial hatred in a church in South Carolina. As a result, the southern flag - a symbol of the secessionist southern states - is disappearing from the grounds of parliament in Colombia and other public places in the southern United States.

June 21st

New chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker

The most important personality in classical music was a successful surprise in the second ballot: outsider candidate Kirill Petrenko beats the favorites Andris Nelsons and Christian Thielemann and succeeded Sir Simon Rattle in 2019.

June 26th

Homosexuals are allowed to marry in the United States

The highest US court declares same-sex marriage a constitutional right.

June 29th

The innovation park is on the structure plan

The Zurich Cantonal Council is adapting the cantonal structure plan so that the innovation park can be implemented on the Dübendorf airfield site.

June 30th

Greece is not servicing its debts

The crisis-ridden Greece is not paying back a loan tranche of 1.55 billion euros to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It is the first industrialized country to default on payments with the IMF.

7th of July

Almost a summer of the century in Switzerland

The summer of 2015 went down as the second warmest in 152-year Swiss measurement history. The 39.7 degrees in Geneva on July 7, 2015 also mean the temperature record for the north side of the Swiss Alps.

July 13th

Space probe "New Horizons" passes Pluto

The day after, the first high-resolution images of the dwarf planet arrive on Earth. Five months later it is clear: Pluto is geologically much more active than expected.

July 14th

Atomic agreement in Vienna

In exchange for the dismantling of foreign sanctions, Iran pledges to severely curtail its nuclear program for 10 to 15 years

July 14th

Old-new novel by Harper Lee

“Go Set a Watchman” was the title of the first version of Harper Lee's world success “Who disturbs the nightingale”. More than 50 years after it was written, the book was published - and caused some rustling in the forest of leaves.

15th of July

No more emergency in Havana

Switzerland's protective power mandate in Cuba ends after 54 years. Since relations between the USA and the Caribbean state deteriorated badly during the Cold War, federal diplomats in Havana have represented Washington's interests and vice versa.

16th of July

Decision in Athens

In the early hours of the morning, the Greek parliament approves a series of reform and austerity measures that are a prerequisite for a new international aid package. The Tsipras government was forced to surrender completely.

July 19th

Binz occupation

For three days, the Binz area in Zurich will be occupied for an unauthorized party.

July 28th


Federal court criticizes the cantonal council that the popular initiative must be implemented with a law; the revised structure plan could not be declared retrospectively as an implementation of the matter.

30th July

Kunsthaus extension

After years of struggle, the construction work for the extension of the Kunsthaus Zürich begins. The extension to the Zürcher Kunsthaus will open in 2020 - if everything goes according to plan.

July 31

Part of the wreckage of missing flight MH370 found

A weathered aircraft part was washed ashore on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. It comes from the missing flight MH370. The machine disappeared on March 8, 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

August 11th

China allows currency devaluation

The Chinese central bank is re-fixing the exchange rate of the yuan to the dollar. It ensures that the domestic currency is devalued by 1.8 percent.

13 August

A successor to Claudio Abbado

The conductor Andris Nelsons, who is highly regarded in Berlin and Lucerne, ends up getting nothing in both cases: Abbado's successor as chief conductor of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra is, quite unexpectedly, the Italian Riccardo Chailly.