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Re: Election of Bundesrat


given the "deer in the headlights" look, bookies must be shortening their odds on her making a bolt for it tomorrow
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

Let's hope it stays this way.





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so Blocher is out of the government ...

The parliement has elected Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf (SVP, Graubunden) to replace him. She will confirm tomorrow morning whether she accepts the nomination or not...

http://fr.bluewin.ch/infos/index.php...0071212:brf012
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

Does anyone know why Calmy-Rey does not raise her hand during the swearing-in process?
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Does anyone know why Calmy-Rey does not raise her hand during the swearing-in process?
I was wondering about that myself. Perhaps it is because she is the current President?
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

I think Widmer-Schlumpf just accepted. (If I understood it correctly)
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

She has accepted, and the SVP is in the process of announcing their decision to enter the opposition.
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She has accepted, and the SVP is in the process of announcing their decision to enter the opposition.
Holy ****, do you have a link for this ?

Edit : found it on SwissInfo : Widmer-Sclumpf accepts, SVP to go into opposition ?
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Holy ****, do you have a link for this ?

Edit : found it on SwissInfo : Widmer-Sclumpf accepts, SVP to go into opposition ?
I'm watching it on TV right now.
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

From the previous article :

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The People's Party leader, Ueli Maurer, said after Wednesday's vote that Widmer-Schlumpf was free to make her own decision. However, he also stated that the party would go into opposition if Blocher was not re-elected.
Is this not a case of cutting your nose off, to spite your face ? Opposition for 4 years ?
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

if she did not accept, it would be a big knock for her credibility and that of her party. I would say it would be damaging if she did not accept.

So will she be a puppet or have her own mind?
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I'm watching it on TV right now.
Yeah, I'm watching it on TV too.

SF is now interviewing other people. Blocher also delivered a speech -- immediately after Widmer-Schumpf's acceptance. He was rather angry and has pledged to remain in politics leading a strong opposition against the "center-left government". Something along the lines of you'll live to regret your decision to destroy "concordance" / consensus-based goverment. He's probably going to take over the leadership of the SVP and fight the government at every corner.

It just remains to be seen if the party remains together or if the SVP's "plan" doesn't tire our its members. The media was speculating last night that the SVP "might" be split, although they did not present any evidence to support such speculation. The planned opposition's campaign calls for a large offensive of SVP-endorsed referendums to attempt to cause a jam and blacklog in Bern.
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

Merz was just elected Vice-President, and will be President in 2009.
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

At last something interesting in swiss politics:

The SVP with some right, say that this is not what voters wanted. This could actually increase Blocher's popular support if he is seen as a martyr. Since 1957, when the so-called 'magic formula' was devised (and modified in 2003), there has been no opposition as understood in say the British political system. In fact the people have acted as the opposition (with their power to vote in referenda eg. No to the EU.)

The weakness of the system is the members of the Bundesrat (cabinet) are not selected on their abilities or experience, but whether they fulfil the magic formula's criteria. Hence Eveline Widmer-Schlump was voted in for who she wasn't (ie. not Blocher) and not who she is.
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I was wondering about that myself. Perhaps it is because she is the current President?
It's done depending on the convictions. Those who believe raise the hand and say "I swear" those who do not say "I promise".

Same as in court proceedings.
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It just remains to be seen if the party remains together or if the SVP's "plan" doesn't tire our its members. The media was speculating last night that the SVP "might" be split, although they did not present any evidence to support such speculation. The planned opposition's campaign calls for a large offensive of SVP-endorsed referendums to attempt to cause a jam and blacklog in Bern.
How much influence does Blocher really have - would the party follow him if he wants to leave because of a personal snub?
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

Thank God she accepted - nice to see that ogre get kicked out
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The weakness of the system is the members of the Bundesrat (cabinet) are not selected on their abilities or experience, but whether they fulfil the magic formula's criteria. Hence Eveline Widmer-Schlump was voted in for who she wasn't (ie. not Blocher) and not who she is.
That said, her CV is actually fairly impressive. She has a Ph.D. in law and has a reputation as a hard worker. She's also well experienced in the government of Graubunden.
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

I must say I haven't stopped smiling since I heard about what happened in the Bundesrat elections and ever more now when she has accepted.

Again, the Swiss has proven themselves to be remarkably competent in managing their country against extremist influence. And this in a very discreet way - of course :-)
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Re: Election of Bundesrat

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His dismissal from the seven-member executive was sealed on Thursday when Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, a more moderate party rival, accepted parliament's nomination to take his place.

Caspar Baader, head of the People's Party's parliamentary faction told parliament the party would go into opposition and would no longer recognize Widmer-Schlumpf or fellow People's Party minister Samuel Schmid.

"Switzerland now has a centre-left government," Baader told the assembly.

"You have destroyed our treasured system of government and sacrificed your sworn interest in concordance, collegiality and tolerance to benefit your own short-term power lust."
how will the highlited piece affect things in reality ?

I really like the "playground stance" in that final quote ...

Other English sources are : Geneva Tribune & Earth Times
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