Interview with the president of the Swiss Confederation 2021
you undoubtedly enjoy many privileges. What are the main ones?
privileges enjoyed by the president include additional appearances at major
events, more contact with the public, and more intensive exchanges with other
countries. Chairing the weekly meetings of the Federal Council and giving speeches
and written messages to mark special occasions are also a privilege. Everything
that is associated with the presidency is an honour, and one that I accept with
women and the different regions are currently well represented in the Federal
Council. But who represents the interests of the younger generation?
that the younger generation is not directly represented in the Federal Council.
But every federal councillor is backed up by a great many staff, and these
people are of all ages. Young and older specialists alike contribute equally to
the search for consensus. I enjoy talking to young people and listening to what
they have to say.
the strengths of our political system?
It is our
diversity that makes Switzerland strong. Our federalism - also a sign of
diversity - sometimes seems complicated and time consuming, but it often leads
to balanced solutions. And it creates a feeling of shared identity, which is
something that cannot be taken for granted. We have to approach one another
anew, listen to each other’s views and seek a common approach.