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Thursday, September 06, 2007

As sad as it gets

It has been almost 7 years since my stay in Switzerland. This small country gives room to some of the most beautiful spots in Europe (the Swiss alps, Lac Léman, Jungfraujoch) and I really enjoyed my year there. The capital, Bern, is still one of my favourite European cities.

But what is up with Swiss politics? To be honest I do not know a whole lot about the Swiss political situation, but I find a campaign poster like the above really disturbing.

This is what Wikipedia has to say about the Swiss People's Party:

"The SVP is the right-most of the four co-governing political parties in Switzerland. It is best known for opposing Swiss membership in international organisations such as the EU and UN, and for its campaigning for tougher immigration, asylum and penal laws. The party is socially and fiscally conservative, but secular in outlook. It is in favour of traditional family values, deregulation and reduced government spending (except for the areas of domestic security, the military and agricultural support). The SVP supports the Swiss traditions of private gun ownership, armed neutrality and the national militia army and opposes most forms of international security cooperation."

Thanks to Henrik Hansen for bringing up the issue.

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