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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 24/10/2011

Election divides Swiss party landscape

The right-wing conservative Swiss People's Party lost two percentage points In the Swiss parliamentary elections on Sunday, but still managed to come in strongest party with 26.8 percent of the vote. The centrist parties gained overall, but now have to contend with many smaller parties that have made it into parliament. The liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung doubts whether the country can be governed properly with such a fragmented party landscape: "It remains a moot point to what extent the strengthened but divided centre will know how to capitalise on its slight gain in parliament. A first hurdle will come with the approaching elections of the Swiss Federal Council. But even greater challenges lie ahead, from how to deal with Europe to social issues and energy policy to the economic problems in view of a financial and monetary crisis that is far from over."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 13/07/2010

Politics intervenes

Even if in Roman Polanski's case the authorities made much of the principle of equal treatment regardless of the individual concerned, his release tells another story, writes the conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: "The final act in the Polanski drama is entirely political - that is shown by the simple fact that the Minister of Justice delivered the message personally. At the same time the arguments being put forward are anything but strictly legal. People are now citing a certain protocol requested but not delivered by the US which until very recently even the Federal Office of Justice called of little relevance. ... Such arguments should have prevented Polanski's arrest last September. Later on one would have expected the opposite, that politics would not get caught up in an ongoing judicial assistance procedure. But it did, and intervened with the right arguments at the wrong time."

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