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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 15/06/2015

Swiss reject socialist tax policy

The Swiss rejected an initiative for the introduction of an inheritance tax by a large majority on Sunday. The liberal-conservative Neue Zürcher Zeitung sees this as an indication of a change of mood in the country: "The 'no' to the inheritance tax initiative puts an end to the misguided redistribution offensive for now. Since 2011 the [social democratic] SP has been aggressively pushing for its programmatic vision of 'democratic socialism'. The conditions were favourable in the Federal Parliament buildings because both the Executive Federal Council and the parliament, not always, but with increasing frequency, were willing to go along with centre-left alliances. The Swiss people can be given credit for opposing this. The priorities of the electorate are different to those of the parliament. The people don't want rampant regulations or new taxes or laws that put entrepreneurs in shackles."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 23/09/2013

Swiss peace movement at a standstill

The Group for a Switzerland without an Army (GSwA) failed with a plebiscite against compulsory military service on the weekend. Around 73 percent of voters were in favour of maintaining generalised compulsory military service. In the view of the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung the old goals of the peace movement no longer have the popular support they once enjoyed: "The GSoA didn't just suffer a crushing defeat. At the same time it has actually strengthened the army and its supporters. ... The Swiss peace movement simply doesn't move people any more. It lacks new faces, new ideas. In the fight for support, the anti-military flame was burning low. The parties on the left gave the GSoA the cold shoulder. The Greens showed no more than lukewarm support for their indestructible [vice-president] Josef Lang. The Social Democratic Party was uninterested and only played a marginal role. This is all the expression of an even more profound deficit: the left does not have a coherent concept on how Switzerland should protect itself."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 23/08/2012

Germany should respect the Swiss system

In the tax dispute between Germany and Switzerland, the Swiss Finance Minister and current President of the Swiss Confederation Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf has compared the purchase by German authorities of CDs listing potential tax offenders with organised crime. The liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung sides with the minister: "No government can afford to go back on a signed treaty because the other side would then hit upon the idea of forcing further concessions. The Swiss Federal Council would discredit itself completely if it were to allow Germany to squeeze the fiscal thumbscrews even tighter. ... Germany should also know that Switzerland takes its democratic rules and regulations very seriously indeed. The Federal Councillors ratified the tax agreement with Germany before the summer break. Now the referendum deadline is approaching. If the necessary 50,000 signatures are gathered in the allotted time, the people will have the last say in November. That's how our country works, and those to the north of the Rhine where different democratic rules apply should respect that. Good neighbourly relations depend on reciprocity."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 19/12/2010

Switzerland needs defence partners

According to Switzerland's official army report for 2010, the Swiss are not in a position to defend themselves on their own. The liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung agrees: "The sobre finding that autonomous defence can no longer stand up to the challenges of the future has not sunk in sufficiently in Swiss political and military circles. Traditionally the Swiss have always had a hard time with changing direction. Independently of party colours, it must be understood that left to its own defences Switzerland cannot defeat a single terrorist group, that autonomous defence is unrealistic against airborne attacks and that ethnic gangs couldn't care less about where borders lie. The Federal Council, the defence minister and the head of the army should be more stout-hearted. If they meekly limit themselves to focusing on the lowest security denominator Switzerland's defence will be nothing more than empty sabre-rattling."

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