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A man carries a pair of metal suitcases on Paradeplatz, the symbolic centre of the Swiss banking industry in the centre of Zurich. The Swiss banking industry holds an estimated 6,352 billion Swiss Francs (USD 7,000 billion) in assets, more than half of it foreign, including CHF 880 billion in undeclared European assets alone, benefiting from the country's famous banking secrecy laws. The late British politician Harold Wilson once referred to Swiss bankers and their secrets as the 'gnomes of Zurich' and they are now increasingly in the spotlight of European finance ministers chasing unpaid taxes on an estimated  USD 1,000 billion in undeclared European assets.