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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 11/02/2014

German arrogance towards Switzerland

German politicians discussed the Swiss no to the free movement of people on German public broadcaster ARD's political talk show "Hart aber Fair" on Monday. The Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger takes issue with the paternalistic arguments put forward on the programme: "Unlike representative democracy, direct democracy regularly churns up things that (should) have no place in the politicians' official jargon. Although it's hard to accept certain votes made by the people, it's in the nature of direct democracy that they be taken seriously, even if they turn out to be wrong. The arrogant tone adopted on the ARD show would be unthinkable if things were the other way around: no matter what German politicians decide, the Swiss accept it without pedagogic contradictions or authoritarian reprimands - indeed often with a good deal of respect! And why? Because the Germans are like the parents who have chosen the blue EU car, and that's that."

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