Concordance in the Federal Council – six reasons for optimism

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Chaos, illness, dispute: Switzerland is apparently deep in crisis. But just this week it became clear what encourages us.

The concordance works: Federal Councilors Ueli Maurer and Guy Parmelin (from left) defended their colleague Alain Berset this week.
© www.de24.news The  concordance works: Federal Councilors Ueli Maurer and Guy Parmelin (from left) defended their colleague Alain Berset this week.

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Almost exactly a year ago, on February 25, 2020, Switzerland had its first corona case. A 70-year-old from Ticino imported the virus, which at that time still seemed a surreal horror, from northern Italy. So there he was, patient zero. «© www.de24.news The  federal government classifies the situation as normal»was read in the newspapers the next day.

Today, a year and two corona waves later, how happy we would be about such a headline. In a pandemic and lockdown, normality seems as far removed from us as mythical Arcadia was from the ancient Greeks. © www.de24.news The  Federal Council announced the first, slight easing this week. But there is hardly any sign of joy. © www.de24.news The  cautious fear a third wave when people are soon walking in the shops again. Conversely, there is disappointment in the economy because the government does not want any further opening. © www.de24.news The  cantons are likely to require the Federal Council to reopen the restaurants. © www.de24.news The  National Council’s Health Commission even wants to enforce this through the Blitzgesetz. Some cantons are already ignoring the applicable rules.

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