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What do you think Switzerland’s Alain Berset can bring to the Council of Europe?

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On September 18, former interior minister Berset will become the 15th Secretary General of the Strasbourg-based organisation – and the first ever Swiss in the job.

The Council of Europe, founded in 1949, draws up conventions to safeguard and promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in its 46 member states. As Secretary General, Berset will have his work cut out: war in Ukraine and fears of democratic erosion in Europe have put the Council in a tricky position – not to mention the fact that many are unaware of what it even does.

What do you think: do you see the Council of Europe as helping to safeguard European values? Which areas should Berset focus his efforts on in his five-year mandate? Have your say below.

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Femaleart
Femaleart
The following contribution has been automatically translated from DE.

Sympathy and trust in a country that has to reinvent itself in order to be respected by the world elite for the next hundred years, which in the end is also part of our prosperity. In the meantime, nothing is more important than showing the world that not all the forces in Switzerland are cherry-pickers, even if, compared to the past, we really do come across as selfish miserly people who are constantly demanding but are hardly prepared to give anything. We find it difficult to move forward with change and act as if we don't need anyone, especially the bourgeois forces, while our entire prosperity, which we inherited from our parents, is based on a skill that we no longer have today: the ability to conclude trade agreements that are substantial for Switzerland through diplomatic skill. Neutrality today serves rogue states at best, but is not worthy of a democracy, we have no raw materials and are only in the middle of the field everywhere, and we could build up an elite of hackers. If we are not able to reinvent ourselves, we will fall into mediocrity like other countries before us. In the meantime, Berset can't do much more than ensure that we don't lose any more sympathy and he will certainly manage that, he is a very capable man.

Sympathie und Vertrauen in ein Land das sich gerade neu erfinden muss um die nächsten Hundert Jahre in der Weltelite respektiert zu werden was am Ende auch Teil unseres Wohlstandes darstellt. Nichts ist wichtiger derweil als der Welt zu zeigen das nicht alle Kräfte in der Schweiz Rosinen Picker sind auch wenn wir im Vergleich zu früher wirklich wie egoistische Geizkrägen daher kommen die ständig Fordern aber kaum bereit sind etwas zu geben. Wir tun uns schwer mit Veränderungen nach vorne und tun so, als würden wir niemanden brauchen im Besondern die Bürgerlichen Kräfte dabei beruht unser ganzer Wohlstand den wir von unseren Eltern geerbt haben auf einer Fähigkeit die uns heute nicht mehr gegen ist: durch Diplomatisches Geschick die für die Schweiz substantiellen Handelsverträge abzuschliessen. Die Neutralität dient heute bestenfalls noch Schurkenstaaten ist einer Demokratie aber nicht würdig, wir besitzen keine Rohstoffe und sin überall nur noch im Mittelfeld dabei könnten wir eine Elite von Hackern aufbauen. Wenn wir nicht fähig sind uns neu zu erfinden werden wir wie andere Länder vor uns sang und klanglos in Mittelmässigkeit an Bedeutung verlieren. Berset kann derweil nicht viel mehr machen als dafür zu sorgen das wir nicht noch mehr Sympathien verspielen und das wird er sicher schaffen, er ist ein sehr fähiger Mann.

@gmh_upsa2
@gmh_upsa2

Alain Berset has a very interesting opportunity. Switzerland was united under a big crises of religions to emerge as a successful developed nation. Other places emerged as non successful developing nations. That emergence was under #TheWealthOfNations. Now the opportunity is for a critical mass of nations to be united under the emergence of what I coined as #TheWealthOfGlobalization.

The is based on three scenarios: 1) Continuity; 2) Tough Times; and 3) Rising Expectations. The artistic precedent of scenarios 1 and 3, were given by Alvin Toffler in his book “The Third Wave.” The Second Wave has an S Curve of learning different than the Third Wave S Curve of learning. Between those two curves is the “Tough Times” scenario similar to the European Middle Age.

On the Third Wave there are no developed countries yet. The opportunity is on the “Rising Expectations” where a successful global decentralized government to the image of the Swiss government will successfully emerge peacefully. I am ready to help in that effort. Earlier of my comments were under @gmh_upsa. I registered now as @gmh_upsa2.

pemaag
pemaag
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Alain Berset, like every person on a committee, is one more. It makes no difference whether he is Swiss or of x-nationality.

Alain Berset ist wie jeder Mensch in einem Gremium einer mehr. Ob Schweizer oder mit x-Nationalität macht keinen Unterschied.

Femaleart
Femaleart
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@pemaag

So negating everything is supposed to be the better solution? Then why write another comment, a comment like any other comment in a forum. Such a defeatist text certainly makes no difference, totally superfluous sorry.

alles zu negieren soll demnach die bessere Lösung sein? Warum dann noch einen Kommentar schreiben, ein Kommentar wie jeder Andere in einem Forum einer mehr. So ein defätistischer Text macht sicher keinen Unterschied, total überflüssig sorry.

Tuulala
Tuulala
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I was born in Finland and personally experienced a lot of the Second World War. My father fought for Finland's independence for six years as a young man. At the end of the war he was captured and taken to a prison camp in Siberia. He was released in 1945.
If Finland had not agreed to hand over its wundersxhöne and important border areas to Russia as "ransom", there would have been no peace with Russia. Russia will never give up, history has shown that.

I think it would be important if Berset could take up this issue.
It is bitter for any independent country to give up parts of its territory. But if it would bring peace to Ukrania, it might be worth considering.

Bin gebürtige Finnin und habe viel von 2. Weltkrieg persöhnlich mitbekommen. Mein Vater hat sechs Jahre, als junger Mann für die Unabhängigkeit Finnlands gekämpft. Am Ende des Krieges wurde er gefangen genommen und in ein Gefangenenlager in Sibirien gebracht. Er wurde 1945 freigelassen.
Hätte Finnland nicht zugestimmt, seine wundersxhöne und wichtige Grenzgebiete als "Lösegeld" an Russland zu übergeben, hätte es keinen Frieden mit Russland gegeben. Russland wird niemals aufgeben, das hat die Geschichte gezeigt.

Denke, es wäre wichtig, wenn Berset dieses Thema aufgreifen könnte.
Es ist für jedes unabhängige Land bitter, Teile seines Lsndes aufzugeben. Wenn es aber Ukranien Frieden bringen würde, Wäre es vielleicht eine Überlegung wert.

Michel Baumgartner
Michel Baumgartner
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), having failed after being refounded on the basis of a neo-capitalist ideology in 2014, no longer has a raison d'être internationally in a multipolar world.
Alain Berset, in his capacity as Secretary General, should create the "European Committee of the Red Cross", the ECRC, a powerful body, without power, capable of convincing people of the need to limit the number of victims in war, to protect them.
This power, capable of persuading, is achieved by promoting the values originally proposed by the founders of the ICRC in 1863-1864, proclaimed and reaffirmed in 1965 by 7 fundamental principles: Humanity / Impartiality / Neutrality / Independence / Voluntary service / Unity / Universality.
Power should not be confused with coercive power.
(In English, power is translated as "power politics" or power and strength, in German as "Macht Politik" or Macht und Kraft, according to Raymond Aron).

The Council of Europe has no power. It is the power of ideas that gives force to values and makes people act. In any case, I hope that Mr Berset will make use of this power.

Le Comité International de la Croix Rouge (CICR) ayant failli après avoir été refondé sur la base d'une idéologie néocapitaliste en 2014, n'a plus sa raison d'être internationalement dans un monde multipolaire.
Alain Berset en sa qualité de secrétaire général, devrait créer le "Comité européen de la Croix-Rouge", le CECR, organisme puissant, sans pouvoir, capable de convaincre de la nécessité de limiter le nombre de victimes dans la guerre, de les protéger.
Cette puissance, capable de persuader, s'obtient par la promotion des valeurs proposée à l'origine par les fondateurs du CICR en 1863-1864, proclamée et réaffirmée en 1965 par 7 principes fondamentaux: Humanité / Impartialité / Neutralité / Indépendance / Volontariat/ Unité / Universalité.
La puissance ne doit pas être confondue avec le pouvoir qui est coercitif.
(En anglais puissance se traduit par "power politics" soit power and strength, en allemand par "Macht Politik" soit Macht und Kraft, selon Raymond Aron)

Le Conseil de l'Europe n'a aucun pouvoir. C'est la puissance des idées qui donne force aux valeurs et fait agir. En tous les cas je souhaite à M. Berset de faire usage de cette puissance.

kkckkc
kkckkc

Engage with Russia. It's time to talk peace and whilst CoE may not have that authority, any and all reach-outs are a step in the right direction and counter to yet more bombings.

YERLY
YERLY
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Why not Alain Berset at the Council of Europe? He might as well be an experienced statesman. But I think that there are too many international organisations, which overlap, which require energy, cost a lot of money, with little effectiveness for the life of people who suffer more and more from lack of means in this world where a few billionaires entertain the gallery.

Alain Berset au Conseil de l'Europe, pourquoi pas . Autant lui qui a de l'expérience d'homme d’État. Mais je pense qu'il y a trop d'organisations internationales, qui se recoupent, qui nécessite de l'énergie, coûte beaucoup d'argent , avec peu d'efficacité pour la vie des peuples qui souffrent de plus en plus de manque de moyens dans ce monde où quelques milliardaires amusent la galerie.

Capetonians
Capetonians
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The Council of Europe is a paper tiger and is of little use to the continent. Decisions are made in the capitals of the individual countries or (unfortunately) by the EU in Brussels. So Alain Berset as Secretary General of the Council of Europe brings nothing to Switzerland except a somewhat questionable honour and, above all, costs. As far as I know, Switzerland has to pay for the Secretary General out of taxpayers' money. What does the suggestion "jeopardising the erosion of democracy in Europe" mean? From whom or from what should such a so-called undermining come? That is nonsense.

Der Europarat ist ein Papiertiger und bringt dem Kontinent kaum etwas. Entscheidungen fallen in den Hauptstädten der einzelnen Länder oder (leider) bei der EU in Bruxelles. Somit bringt Alain Berset als Generalsekretär des Europarates der Schweiz nichts ausser eine etwas fragwürdige Ehre und vor allem Kosten. M.W. hat die Schweiz den Generalsekretär aus Steuergeldern zu berappen. Was soll die Andeutung "Gefährdete Aushöhlung der Demokratie in Europa" bedeuten? Von wem oder von was soll eine solche sog. Aushöhlung kommen? Das ist Unsinn.

Giannis Mavris
Giannis Mavris SWI SWISSINFO.CH
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@Capetonians

You're wrong three times over:

1) With the European Court of Human Rights ECHR, which is attached to the Council of Europe, there is a powerful instrument that influences the judicial systems of states and people's everyday lives.

2) The Secretary General is remunerated by the Council of Europe. The member states make contributions to the organisation, as is the case with any international organisation.

3) There is a broad consensus that the democracies in Europe are coming under pressure from illiberal political forces.

Da liegen Sie gleich dreifach falsch:

1) Mit dem Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte EGMR, der dem Europarat angehängt ist, gibt es ein starkes Instrument, das die Justizsysteme der Staaten und den Alltag der Menschen beeinflusst.

2) Der Generalsekretär wird vom Europarat entlöhnt. Die Mitgliedstaaten errichten Beiträge an die Organisation, wie das bei jeder internationalen Organisation der Fall ist.

3) Dass die Demokratien in Europa von illiberalen politischen Kräften unter Druck kommen, ist weitgehend Konsens.

Capetonians
Capetonians
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@Giannis Mavris

1) Foreign judges who are increasingly becoming legislators. No thanks. Most European states that are condemned by the ECtHR do not accept the judgements or ignore them. E.G. THE UK.
2) You may be right, but unfortunately not 100%.
3) That is your opinion - it is highly controversial and by no means a consensus. What are "illiberal political forces"? That is a vague term. Presumably you mean the parties on the right or left that you don't like?

1) Fremde Richter, die sich immer mehr zu Gesetzgebern entwickeln. Nein danke. Die meisten Europäischen Staaten, die vom EGMR verurteilt werden, akzeptieren die Urteile nicht bzw. ignorieren diese. Z.B. UK.
2) Da mögen Sie recht haben, aber leider nicht zu 100%.
3) Das ist Ihre Meinung Sie ist höchst umstritten und keinesfalls Konsens. Was sind "illiberale politische Kräfte"? Das ist ein schwammiger Begriff. Vermutlich meinen Sie damit die Ihnen nicht genehmen Parteien rechts oder links?

Giannis Mavris
Giannis Mavris SWI SWISSINFO.CH
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@Capetonians

Dear Capetonians

1) That's not true - there are individual countries that ignore the judgements (and often do so strategically, factoring in the fines imposed). However, it is not the majority. On foreign judges: When you interact with foreign countries, you just have to deal with foreigners. In this case, they are judges after all. In bilateral relations or other multilateral organisations, it is often technocratically composed committees that make very far-reaching decisions. Do you prefer that?
2) How is it 100% correct?
3) A democracy is not just about voting: An illiberal democracy means a system of government that has democratic elements but disallows or deliberately suppresses certain freedoms (plurality of parties, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, protection of minorities, etc.). And yes, it seems clear to me that there are more and more parties and governments like this.

Geschätzter Capetonians

1) Das stimmt so nicht - es gibt einzelne Länder, die die Urteile ignorieren (und dies oft strategisch tun und die auferlegten Strafzahlungen einberechnen). Jedoch sind es nicht die meisten. Zu den fremden Richtern: Wenn man mit dem Ausland interagiert, hat man eben auch mit Ausländern zu tun. In diesem Fall sind es immerhin Richter:innen. Bei bilateralen Beziehungen oder anderen multilateralen Organisationen sind es oft technokratisch zusammengesetzte Ausschüsse, die sehr weitreichende Entscheide treffen. Ist Ihnen das lieber?
2) Wie ist es 100% richtig?
3) Eine Demokratie besteht nicht nur aus Urnengängen: Eine illiberale Demokratie meint ein Regierungssystem, das demokratische Elemente hat, aber gewisse Freiheiten nicht zulässt oder gezielt unterdrückt (Parteienpluralität, Meinungsfreiheit, Pressefreiheit, Minderheitenschutz etc.). Und ja, dass es zunehmend mehr solche Parteien und Regierungen gibt, das scheint mir klar.

Barn
Barn
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He may say okay, the ECHR has condemned Switzerland for failing to take action on climate change, but we want to make up for that today, because we have become aware of this scourge, which is the most important at the moment. We also know that X number of nations are accusing us of a thousand evils. But it's always easier to look through Judah than to look at its rags.
In short, to put it simply, it's always easier to see the beam than the chaff, especially as with beams you build something solid, whereas with chaff... you might as well drink a mike shake, otherwise you're not making much sense.

Il pourra dire ok la CEDH a condamné la Suisse pour non entrée en matière par rapport au changement climatique, mais nous voulons nous rattraper aujourd’hui car nous avons pris conscience de ce fléau qui est le plus important à l’heure actuelle. Nous savons également que X nations nous accusent de mille maux. Mais, c’est toujours plus facile de regarder par le Juda que t’observer ses oripeaux.
Bref, pour faire simple, il est toujours plus facile de voir la poutre que la paille, d’autant plus qu’avec des poutres ont construit du solide alors qu’avec la paille… à la limite tu bois un mike shake autrement tu fais pas grand chose de censé.

YERLY
YERLY
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@Barn

With this over-industrialisation, this massacre of nourishing farmland for buildings and roads. It's much easier to blame cows that burp or fart, when we already have 300,000 fewer cows than in 1990. As far as biodiversity is concerned, unlimited concreting is the main negative factor, which also encourages flooding.

Avec ce trop plein d'industrialisation, ce massacre des terres agricoles nourricières pour les constructions et les routes. On va à l'encontre des mesures de protection de l'environnement, de l'alimentation de notre population, C'est bien plus facile d'accuser les vaches qui rotent ou qui pètent , alors que nous avons déjà 300'000 vaches de moins qu'en l'an 1990. Concernant la biodiversité, le bétonnage sans limite est le principal principal facteur négatif qui en plus favorise les inondations .

fam.bolliger99@bluewin.ch
fam.bolliger99@bluewin.ch
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New job for Alain Berset as GENERAL Secretary of the Council of Europe. His impact will be limited to beautifully worded, elegant and eloquent phrases / motto "The main thing: General".

Neuer Job für Alain Berset als GENERAL-Sekretär des Europa-Rates. Seine Wirkung wird sich in den Grenzen von schön-formulierten, eleganten und eloquenten Phrasen erschöpfen / Motto "Hauptsache: General".

Peter Ern
Peter Ern
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Mr Berset may be a little "unconventional", but I think he is very well qualified as Secretary General of the Council of Europe. He will be a good ambassador for our country.

Herr Berset ist zwar etwas "unkonventionell", aber ich glaube als Generalsekretär des Europarates ist er sehr gut qualifiziert. Er wird ein guter Botschafter unseres Landes sein.

MARCO 46
MARCO 46
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I have no illusions about his potential to influence the decisions of the Council of Europe. I only hope that he will be a good moderator as he always was after all.

Non mi faccio certo illusione sulle sue potenzialità di influire sulle decisioni del Consiglio di Europa. Spero solo che sia un buon moderatore come lo fu da sempre del resto.

Mauve-Lac-d`Emosson
Mauve-Lac-d`Emosson
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Alain Berset will do the Council of Europe good, if you only consider how he has mastered our corona crisis. Bravo Mr Berset!

Alain Berset wird dem Europarat gut anstehen, wenn man nur bedenkt wie er unsere Corona-Krise gemeistert hat. Bravo Herr Berset !

VeraGottlieb
VeraGottlieb

Swiss 'neutrality' has already lost enough of its shine.

Major Wedgie
Major Wedgie

In my opinion Switzerland needs to stay as far away as possible from the EU. Germany was once the economic powerhouse of Europe. It is now teetering on the edge of failure. Everyone thought that the EU would bring all the club med countries up to the same economic standard as Germany. Instead, they decided to bring the German economy down to the club med level. The same fate could await Switzerland. I personally, do not trust Berset and his faked elevation to almost god like status by the disingenuous media.

Giannis Mavris
Giannis Mavris SWI SWISSINFO.CH
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@Major Wedgie

However, this is not about the EU, but about the Council of Europe. These are different organisations.
Furthermore, it is ridiculous to claim that Germany is on the brink of failure. It's a cheap populist narrative that doesn't become any truer just because it's constantly repeated.

Es geht hier aber nicht um die EU, sondern um den Europarat. Das sind unterschiedliche Organisationen.
Zudem ist es lächerlich zu behaupten, dass Deutschland am Rande des Scheiterns steht. Das ist ein billiges populistisches Narrativ, das auch nicht wahrer wird, nur weil es ständig wiederholt wird.

gaz
gaz
@Giannis Mavris

The eu concept is a great idea but at this point in time it's a no brainer that it's a failed concept, the beginning of the end was likely the Greek crisis and covid was the dagger to the heart, im no expert but I believe its a structural problem and frankly it's not good enough, the almost guaranteed failure of the Paris accord and it just goes on a litany of betrayal and failure from our political, moral and in part our intellectual elite.
At what point will there be a line in the sand, when the climate change catastrophe tips a billion souls off their mortal coils through starvation, when? When the other 5 billion have spent generations in hard labour to finish the life with absolutely nothing, not even a promise of a better future, at what point does grotesque incompetence or overwhelming self interest or whatever the excuse become so insignificant that the only satisfaction is the forfeiture of life as the avenue of recompense, the uttering of the phrase God help us might be closer than many would care to think.

Major Wedgie
Major Wedgie
@Giannis Mavris

The purchasing power (Goods & Services) of the EURO has fallen 39% in the last 20 years. Despite German unemployment falling from 9.7% to 3,14% during this period German wages have only risen on avg only 12.5% since 2000. While in Spain wages are back to 2000 levels after falling drastically from their highs. France on the other hand has seen wages steadily rise up to 50% since 2000.

PropD
PropD
@Major Wedgie

Great post! I agree Switzerland has to be very, very careful now. Unfortunately, Switzerland has a tendency of giving in to international pressure. This causes those in charge to make decisions that harm the country internally and externally. Berset will not help Switzerland's image nor stance in the international community one bit. Hopefully the new referendums coming up will get the country back on course.

MARCO 46
MARCO 46
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@Major Wedgie

It is just as you say: the EU is a construction of socialist origin where the Marxist ideology of equality prevails. As history teaches us, such an ideology, while aiming at noble ideals of brotherhood, in its practical effects only succeeds in lowering, in homologating the most capable towards a mediocre 'equality' where the less virtuous and spendthrift ones profit. This is what has happened in Europe, where certain eternally indebted countries live off the backs of the more virtuous ones. That said, the inequality of private fortunes has not diminished at all (!) because the capital of the richest flees to the usual tax havens. In this respect, the EU has not achieved its goals, but has only standardised Europe downwards with too much expensive and parasitic bureaucracy. It is no accident that they elected Berset who is a staunch socialist.

È proprio come lei dice: l'UE è una costruzione d'origine socialista ove vige l'ideologia marxista dell'eguaglianza. Come insegna la storia, tale ideologia, pur mirando a nobili ideali di fratellanza, agli effetti pratici riesce solo ad abbassare, ad omologare i più capaci verso una mediocre "uguaglianza" ove a profittare sono quelli meno virtuosi e spendaccioni. Così è successo in Europa, ove certi paesi eternamente indebitati, vivono sulle spalle di quelli più virtuosi. Ciò premesso, le punte di diseguaglianza delle fortune private non sono affatto diminuite (!) perché i capitali dei più ricchi fuggono verso i soliti paradisi fiscali. Da questo punto di vista l'UE non ha raggiunto gli obiettivi fissati, ma ha solo omologato l'Europa verso il basso con troppa burocrazia costosa e parassitaria. Non ha caso hanno eletto Berset che è un socialista convinto.

MARCO 46
MARCO 46
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@Major Wedgie

But where is it written that the wages of the French would increase by 50% from 2000? How then do you explain the strong discontent in France with 'Gilet Jaunes' type demonstrations and much more?
And doesn't Le Pen's great success indicate the opposite ??

Ma dove sta scritto che i salari dei francesi sarebbero aumentati del 50% a partire dal 2000? Porti le prove p.f. Come spiega allora il forte malcontento di Francia con manifestazioni tipo "Gilet Jaunes" e molto altro ancora ??
E il grande successo della Le Pen non indica forse l'opposto ??

Capetonians
Capetonians
@Major Wedgie

Your opinion goes in the right direction. Hopefully Switzerland will stay out of the EU and NATO as well as be strictly neutral.

Giannis Mavris
Giannis Mavris SWI SWISSINFO.CH
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@MARCO 46

The EU a construct of socialist origin with Marxist ideology? You are exactly wrong. It was a market-liberal project from the outset, founded by primarily liberal-conservative governments. That is also the main criticism the left has levelled at the Union.
And once again: the EU and the Council of Europe are different organisations, see my comment above.

Die EU ein Konstrukt sozialistischen Ursprungs mit marxistischer Ideologie? Da liegen Sie genau falsch. Sie war von Anfang an ein marktliberales Projekt, gegründet von primär liberal-konservativen Regierungen. Das ist ja auch der Hauptkritikpunkt der Linken an der Union.
Und noch einmal: Die EU und der Europarat sind unterschiedliche Organisationen, siehe meinen Kommentar oben.

Giannis Mavris
Giannis Mavris SWI SWISSINFO.CH
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@gaz

Why is it clear that it has failed? The two crises you mentioned might have been much more drastic without EU-wide coordination - but we will never know...

Wieso ist es klar, dass es gescheitert ist? Gerade die zwei von Ihnen angesprochenen Krisen wären ohne eine EU-weite Koordination vielleicht viel drastischer ausgefallen - was wir aber nie wissen werden...

gaz
gaz

Firstly and most importantly he will bring an attitude of compromise is always a possible solution, secondly he will bring new eyes to an age old problem, and thirdly he has enough spine to politely tell his compatriots they are a lot of stupid blind fools should it ever needed to be pointed out to them

RUTH JILANI
RUTH JILANI
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I hope he remains loyal to Switzerland and represents our neutrality! Unfortunately, I don't trust him, but we'll see.

Ich hoffe er bleibt der Schweiz Treu und vertretet unsere Neutralitä! Leider traue ich ihm nicht aber wir werden sehen.

Veronica DeVore
Veronica DeVore SWI SWISSINFO.CH
@RUTH JILANI

Thanks for your comment! Could you elaborate on why you don't trust him?

Christian Müller
Christian Müller
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Alain Berset will achieve nothing. Because he claims to have Swiss DNA, but when it comes to Russia and Ukraine, he firmly supports the US line - Ukraine good, Russia bad - and even claims that the Summit on Peace on the Bürgenstock was a success for Switzerland, he is clearly marching on the course of the other US vassals in Europe. With this attitude, he can contribute nothing to peace in Europe. Although I myself paid my dues to the SP until a few years ago, today I have to say that we Swiss can only be ashamed of such politicians.

Alain Berset wird nichts bringen. Weil er zwar behauptet, eine Schweizer DNA zu haben, aber in puncto Russland und Ukraine stramm die USA-Linie vertritt – Ukraine gut, Russland böse – und sogar behauptet, der Summit on Peace auf dem Bürgenstock sei ein Erfolg für die Schweiz gewesen, marschiert er offensichtlich klar auf dem Kurs der anderen US-Vasallen in Europa. Mit dieser Haltung kann er nichts zum Frieden in Europa beitragen. Obwohl ich selber bis vor ein paar Jahren an die SP meinen Obolus bezahlt habe, muss ich heute sagen: Für solche Politiker können wir Schweizer uns nur schämen.

Samuel Jaeggi
Samuel Jaeggi
@Christian Müller

What a terrible thing .. to take a stand against agression and war crimes in favour of democracy. We would be cowards to ignore what is happening, thinking that somehow 'neutrality' means we are not concerned.

MARCO 46
MARCO 46
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@Christian Müller

You may prefer the Russia of the autocrat Putin to the USA, but it is a bad choice: indeed, it shows that you deny democracy!

Puoi anche preferire la Russia dell'autocrate Putin agli USA, ma è una pessima scelta: anzi, dimostra che rinneghi la democrazia!

Giannis Mavris
Giannis Mavris SWI SWISSINFO.CH
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@Christian Müller

Even if for some there can only be one binary world view - here the USA, there Russia: that is simply wrong.

By way of illustration: In March 2022, a total of 141 states condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine in UN Resolution ES-11/1.

Auch wenn es für manche nur ein binäres Weltbild geben kann – hier die USA, dort Russland: Das ist schlicht falsch.

Zur Veranschaulichung: Mit der UNO-Resolution ES-11/1 haben im März 2022 ganze 141 Staaten den russischen Überfall auf die Ukraine verurteilt.

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IMHO....Berset won't accomplish much as the so-called European values have gone out the window and he's part of the NWO (New World Order). There's no rule-of-law anymore and the European people are simply an afterthought. Germany, the hub of the EU, is killing the bloc by deindustrializing while simultaneously shooting itself in the foot. Unless Berset has the courage and honesty to "really" make a difference by talking sense into Europe i.e. the European Union especially concerning Ukraine, unfettered immigration, sanctions, the dangers of engaging in NATO, climate change propaganda etc.... then his 5 years in office will simply be another paycheck for him nothing more.

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