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Calmy-Rey meets “good neighbours” in Berlin

President Micheline Calmy-Rey has held talks in Germany on bilateral tax issues as well as air and rail transport with Switzerland’s northern neighbour.

Calmy-Rey on a visit to Berlin met the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the German foreign and economics ministers on Monday.

Calmy-Rey, who is also foreign minister, said Switzerland did not accept illegal money and proposed imposing a withholding tax on funds deposited in Swiss bank accounts.

“Both sides now want to engage in speedy, thorough and solution-oriented negotiations,” she said.

Negotiations, which began last week, are aimed at resolving a long-standing row over untaxed money in Swiss banks and access for Swiss insurance companies to the German market.

For her part, Merkel pledged to support close cooperation between Switzerland and the European Union.

She also praised Swiss support in the euro currency crisis.

Both leaders stressed that solutions should be found in talks between experts on flight restrictions for planes using German airspace when approaching Switzerland’s main airport of Zurich.

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