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Blog Politblog - Switzerland | 28/06/2012

Gotthard extension wastes billions

The Swiss Federal Council decided by a majority on Wednesday in favour of the construction of a second tunnel in the Gotthard Road Tunnel - although the Neat railway tunnel is planned to open in 2016, which is aimed at shifting traffic from road to rail. Investing in expanding the Gotthard Road Tunnel is the wrong way to go, Daniel Foppa complains on the Politblog of the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger: "Shifting what could be a high amount of traffic to the Neat Tunnel should be the guiding principle for trans-Alp traffic in the decades to come, not the renovation of the Gotthard Road Tunnel. ... The Federal Council sees things differently. It is putting its hopes in a second tunnel that will attract additional traffic. True, the government wants to legislate that only one lane may be open in each direction at any given time. The message is clear, but one has a hard time believing it. Anyone who puts billions into a tunnel will want to reap the benefits. If traffic backs up for kilometres in front of the closed lane, the domestic and foreign pressure to open it will be immense. ... Anyone who really wants to do something for safety will renovate road segments where accidents freqently occur rather than spending billions on a tunnel just to leave it half-open."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 15/02/2012

Switzerland at odds over Swedish fighters

The Swiss defence minister, Ueli Maurer, spoke out on Tuesday emphatically in favour of the purchase of 22 Swedish Gripen fighter aircraft. In doing so he was reacting to public criticism of the quality of the aircraft. The government should postpone and reconsider the purchase, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger advises: "It is problematic … that the manufacturer of the Gripen, Saab, is a relatively small firm. No one knows whether Sweden will still be producing and developing aircraft forty years from now. The purchase of aircraft binds one to the manufacturer for that amount of time. A guarantee from the Swedish state that it would intervene in an emergency is of no help here. Eurofighter manufacturer EADS, Europe's largest aerospace corporation in Europe, has only its size and international backing to thank for the fact that it has better prospects for the future. Technical concerns, uncertain prospects and the austerity programme required for the purchase make one conclusion obvious: it must be postponed. Once the Tiger Jets are decommissioned the 33 F/A-18 fighters can be used for performing air policing duties until around 2030. Only when that date draws nearer should Switzerland purchase a new fighter and convert to a one-model fleet."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 14/02/2011

Conservative Switzerland rejects weapon ban

Fifty-seven percent of Swiss voted in a referendum against the initiative 'for protection against gun violence' backed by the Social Democratic Party (SP). This means Swiss army officiers and soldiers may continue to carry their weapons home with them provided they're not loaded. The referendum demonstrates the strength of the conservative camp in rural areas, writes the left-liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger: "After the acceptance of the minaret ban and the expulsion initiave, the No for the gun protection initiative is the third referendum victory for rural conservative Switzerland within a short period of time. The majority in the cities and French-speaking Switzerland has once again been outvoted, and is rubbing its eyes in astonishment. The last vote before the national elections has strengthened the conservative camp. The Right's ability to mobilise is striking, whereas the mistrust of leftist solutions has even scuppered proposals that looked set to gain a majority. That should give the SP pause to rethink its strategy after scaring off many voters with its quixotic platform."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 17/03/2010

Switzerland needs a new security policy

The chief of the Swiss Armed Forces André Blattmann has come in for criticism over statements evoking supposed threats from EU countries and an end to the practice of calling up reservists for "repetition courses". The daily Tages-Anzeiger calls for a change in security policy: "The army simply cannot go on as it has done. When barracks are practically falling apart for lack of funds, when even the head of the army starts questioning the inflexible repetition course system and when Greeks on the run or Taliban fighters are necessary to justify the existence of the army, it's time for a major change. The army must be reformed so that it can react to realistic threats with less money. ... And our country will also have to become more integrated in European security policy. It's time ... we did our bit for a European security architecture - whether in the Balkans or on the southern flanks of Europe. Anyone who tries to beat down such changes with the cudgel of neutrality is merely postponing inexorable developments by a matter of years."

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