No, Swiss bankers have not dropped opposition to automatic information exchange
No, they haven't. And we know this from a short sentence in the story, citing Patrick Odier, head of the Swiss Bankers' Association:
"We should no longer categorically reject an automatic exchange of information," he said. "But it should be introduced globally."It's that bit in bold that is the give-away. In other words, we won't do anything until everyone else has. Which, snigger snigger, will never happen. This is the classic 'level playing field argument' that we at TJN have seen time and time again, as justification for inaction. This tweet from a Jersey politician, in response to the Reuters story, tends to agree:
Oh, and Swiss bank UBS is now supposedly asking its clients to guarantee that they aren't evading taxes.
Well that will make a difference.