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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 18/03/2014

Homesick Swiss go online

Many Swiss seek contact with other people from their home villages via the social networks. The Tages-Anzeiger points out that for centuries the Swiss have been known for their nostalgic homesickness: "There's a clear trend of city dwellers taking delight in the digital village and wallowing in memories. These are the very same people who tried to escape the feeling of living in a backwards society by moving away. ... It fits in with this that in the Facebook groups, memories of the Swiss village ideal are hardly tarnished by any negative anecdotes. What about the curious neighbours? ... The industrial estates on the edge of the village and the depressing local buses that run on an hourly basis? ... Nostalgia transfigures the village of their youth. It's no mere coincidence that the term 'nostalgia' was first used by a doctor in the 17th century to describe a sickness afflicting Swiss soldiers abroad: the men were so miserable far away from their home that people talked of Swiss withdrawal symptoms."

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | 09/10/2013

A Swissman says what the Germans think

Among the guests in the most recent edition of the German television programme Hart aber Fair (hard but fair) aired on Monday was the national conservative Swiss journalist Roger Köppel. The editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine Weltwoche is a popular guest on German talk shows because he says what the Germans don't dare to say in public, the daily Tages-Anzeiger explains: "There's no one else to do the job. As a foreigner Köppel can say things that no one would admit to thinking in Germany, where the past weighs heavy on people's minds. Whether it's about refugee policy, minarets or integration - the broadcasters can count on Köppel to deliver what they want in terms of debate culture. Sure, you can always ask if the provocative Swiss journalist isn't just another vehicle for the stations to up their ratings. But the more interesting question is whether like Thilo Sarrazin, Köppel isn't a spokesperson for the silent majority. And if this majority isn't after something horrid."

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