Tribune de Genève.
An article in Tribune de Genève describes the high emotion surrounding the coming September launch of Geneva’s new currency called the “Léman”. More than 100 comments were submitted on tdg.ch and as many on the newspaper’s Facebook page. Comments such as “why not the drachma, it’s very trendy at the moment” were posted.
The project has found few fans among politicians and the public. Arguments that it can be used to promote responsible local products have been shot down by those who argue that product labels already do this job. Others applaud the desire to relocalise the economy but see little hope of the “Léman” delivering the goods.
Switzerland has only 4 or 5 complementary currencies compared to around 60 in France. The most sucessful is the “Wir” which was launched in Basel in 1934 and counts around 60,000 users.