Election of a new Federal Councillor

rt. Whether it is a targeted position, a burden, a duty, an ambitious project or a mixture of everything, that will be answered individually. It is not an easy task to meet the various demands as a Federal Councillor. But what are the demands to be met or which ones should be fulfilled?
Ignazio Cassis can certainly show a track record of political experience gained at cantonal and national level in Ticino and Berne. He has gained personal experiences with federalism as a Ticino. As a doctor, we expect him to show a human ethic and as an actor in various foundations a certain ability to cooperate. The country can trust to have found a wise member of the Federal Council.
Our country has certain benchmarks that distinguish it from many other countries around us: among other things, its direct democracy, through which we citizens can express our will and our interests in a genuine way. This also includes federalism with a balance to be well kept between the interests of the various municipalities and cantons. And of course, the neutrality of our country is also to be mentioned as a value, which has so far kept us out of many conflicts of foreign powers.
So we do not expect our new Federal Councillor to put up any insincere fire-fighting exercises in order to occupy a front rank in the media, but also not to curry favour with foreign powers feeling that the own people are just a brake block. We expect him to lead a well-managed department, its direction not predestined by an expensive civil servant or “expert” apparatus, but executing missions and addressing concerns of the people. It’s a demanding task.
Especially today, the situation in a globalised, closely interconnected world is complex and dangerous:

  • A creeping integration into NATO (PFP), which has transformed into a war alliance, endangers our neutrality policy and brings us closer to war. This in times of escalating international conflicts.
  • By chance our country is located in the midst of an undemocratic EU-state structure. The individual neighbouring countries are no longer our contact persons, but an unelected central office in Brussels. It attempts to impose its interests as a great power and dictates the implementation of its legislation and asks for high financial contributions, for example for the Cohesion Fund or for contributions to Schengen, without warranting to us a right to speak. Not even the individual EU member-states are allowed to decide on their own.
  • A wild running monetary policy of the large central banks (ECB, FED) has forced the Swiss National Bank to buy a gigantic amount of foreign currencies thus inflating its own balance sheets. This will expose our country to major risks.
  • A probable economic recession with a serious impact on Switzerland as an export nation with a low level of self-sufficiency requires good relations with our neighbour states.

On the one hand, this is a demanding initial position, on the other hand, Switzerland can put its internationally recognised role as mediator in conflicts in balance and, with its experience, can contribute to peaceful conflict resolution, not to be underestimated. The duties and possibilities are great. All the more for an honest and sincere advocacy of our country.    •