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Ministers address report that criticises them

Justice Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf has praised a report that heavily criticises the government’s leadership, saying the document is professional and illuminating.

This content was published on June 6, 2010 - 12:54

In a newspaper interview published on Sunday in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the minister said she had twice faced hard but fair questions by investigators. She said the 300-page report was so thorough that a separate investigation into UBS over its tax woes in the United States would likely not bring anything new to light.

Other ministers have also weighed in on the report, which accused the government of being too passive and unable to work together well during the financial crisis and UBS affair.

Swiss President Doris Leuthard on Friday said the document was partly exaggerated. Transportation Minister Moritz Leuenberger in a newspaper interview published in SonntagsBlick cast off the criticism.

“As soon as all of the ministers were informed there was intensive discussions and proposals about how to proceed further,” he said, adding that investigators had been informed in writing of the actions the government had taken. Those comments were not included in the report, he said.

“It probably didn’t fit with the investigation’s thesis that the government had been too passive,” he said.

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