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Schmid, Simone

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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 22/06/2015

Switzerland must not shut out refugees

Ever since France closed its border to refugees trying to cross it from Italy, more and more migrants are trying to head north via Switzerland. The president of the government of Tessin canton is now calling for its borders also to be closed. The centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger opposes the idea: "Switzerland can have no interest in sidestepping the Dublin system. It benefits hugely from it because it allows it to send back thousands of asylum seekers every year. Moreover it cannot be a solution for each state only to look out for its own interests and close its borders while refugees in Italy and Greece have to live on the streets because these countries can't cope with them. A European solution must be found - this has been acknowledged and is being worked on. … Switzerland has managed greater crises in the past: during the Balkans war it coped with up to 47,000 applications per year. There is no reason why it shouldn't do the same in the current crisis."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 17/12/2013

Machos open fire on woman defence minister

Ursula von der Leyen, formerly labour minister, has become Germany's first woman defence minister. The fact that journalists are now dubbing her the "super-nanny of the Bundeswehr" and Twitter users are calling her "Lady Dark Helmet" shows that Germany needs to grow up in this respect, the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger comments: "In Finland, Elisabeth Rehn became the female defence minister back in 1990. ... In total ten European countries have had or still have women in charge of their troops. ... The sexist remarks show that the military is still a male domain. This is hardly surprising in Germany: the country has long lagged behind as far as the integration of women in the military is concerned. It was only in 2001 that the German armed forces were forced by the European Court of Justice to admit women into active military service. ... Now let's see whether the macho military structures wear down Ursula von der Leyen - or whether Lady Dark Helmet teaches them all what fear is about."

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