European Affairs

Brienzersee. Photo/Foto: TES.

Congratulations and Chapeau Switzerland

The lake of Brienz (Brienzersee) prepares the environment for the first of August, 2019, apparently inspired by “The cradle of the confederation”, a mural in the Great Hall of the Swiss parliament, by Charles Giron (1859-1914), 1901.

Giron has the Rütli in mind, the meadow at Lake Urner (Urnersee), a part of Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee).

The first three Eidgenossen from Schwyz, Uri and Unterwalden confirmed their agreement of mutual assistance in various areas by an oath (Eid). Whether it is a fact or a legend is irrelevant.

During this medieval period, in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, similar treaties were often concluded between cities and communes all over Europe.

This first alliance and its successors in Switzerland have survived for centuries. They have been extended to 13 cantons in 1513 and 22 cantons in 1815. That is unique.

Switzerland is a bottom-up nation, created in a complicated process of centuries. The country has four languages (many more dialects), cultures and various religions.

It is by far Europe’s best functioning democracy (including its shortcomings), with the world’s most innovative and competitive industry, the best European university and the best infrastructure in often extremely difficult geographical circumstances.

It is one of the most hospitable countries for asylum seekers and migrants and the country knows a relatively successful integration.

The country is a global exporter with an open and cosmopolitan mentality for business and (other) cultures and highly regarded scholars.

The Swiss National Bank is known for its solid monetary policy (as is shown by the break with the (illegal) monetary mismanagement of the ECB) and, above all, Switzerland is a criticaster of the present European Union.

Hopefully, the citizens, politicians and journalists will cherish what has been built up over the centuries and do not follow the false prophets of the European brotherhood, solidarity and federation.

What is transferred to the EU will never be returned, even if the EU does not keep its promises and agreements and does not realise the (megalomaniacal) ambitions.

The EU is not a democracy. The trias politica and the European people do not exist. The conditions are simply not present.

The majority of its members are bankrupt, corrupt, poorly functioning democracies with mass unemployment, huge debts, declining industries, out-of-date education systems and, above all, no involvement of citizens in supporting their local communities.

Millions of desperate (young) citizens of EU and/or Euro-countries emigrate to other countries.

Approximately 200 000 French and 200 000 Italian citizens work in Switzerland, compared to a few thousand Swiss in France and Italy.

The EU and the ECB the illegal cash machine maintaining these structures and obstructing substantial reforms. The economic, democratic, moral and social bill will have to be paid, rather sooner than later.

The hallmark of Switzerland is precisely the opposite. Engagement of citizens, innovation, competitiveness and (direct) democracy.

From Riom or Scuol in the canton of Grisons to Môtier or La Chaux-de-Fonds in the canton of Neuchâtel, citizens, culture and businesses create and support (local) initiatives and (business) projects.

In which other countries attend thousands of citizens summer courses (i.e. not regular courses) in Italian, French, German or Romanish languages to understand one of the other languages of their country?

Switzerland is the real European Union, but it also indicates the limits of what is feasible.

This EU is based on an obsession, a lack of self-reflection, dogmatism and bureaucracy. It is a subsidy project that got out of control.

Take back Control is a rather appropriate definition of those who oppose this EU.

Politicians, journalists and civil servants have put their careers, prestige and (political) capital in this project, however, and do not tolerate other views, let alone substantial reforms. Immer vorwärts Kameraden.

The German newspaper Die Welt published an article (27 July 2019) about members of the European Parliament. On the background one can read “Kommt, wir bauen das neue Europa“, Join us, we built the new Europe.

It is the language of a sect and not that far from the ideology of communism: to create the new European. Eurocommunism with a human face, for the time being.

Hopefully, there will be no black mourning clouds over the Brienzersee over ten years.

Switzerland, look after your case and your beautiful country, democracy and society.