The transport minister, Moritz Leuenberger, has called for enlightened change in his own Social Democratic Party. He also said his party should embrace the "Third Way," citing the British prime minister, Tony Blair, as an example.
Addressing members at a party conference on Saturday, he said that despite living in a changing world, there is a tendency in the party to resist progress.
He told members in canton Zurich that social democracy itself had changed the world. However, he warned that forces within the party tend to glorify and romanticise the past.
Leuenberger also stressed that rather than looking to traditional philosophy, the party should look to the British prime minister, Tony Blair, his French counterpart, Lionel Jospin, and the German chancellor, Gerhard Schröder as examples of modern social democracy.
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