Letters to the editor

I feel ashamed

I’ve lived in Germany for 26 years and have always received a warm welcome as a Swiss citizen. Today on 21 September 2015 I’m deeply ashamed to be Swiss. A village in canton Aargau is supposed to accept eight (!) refugees but would rather pay 20,000 Swiss francs. Poor prosperous Switzerland.

R. G., Erkrath, Germany

Supposed to sound educated

I rarely write comments or voice criticism in newspapers. But it is just too much this time. “POINTIERTER, SALOPP, DIFFAMIERT, KONKORDANZ, KONKORDANZDEMOKRATIE, KONSENSES etc.” (“more pointedly, sloppy, defamed, concordance, concordance democracy and consensus etc.”) – is this supposed to sound educated? My mother would turn in her grave if she could see such mutilation of the (Swiss) German language – and written by the editor-in-chief of a Swiss magazine that people enjoy reading worldwide. Kind regards.

René Graf, Maple Bay BC, Canada

Poorly represented

As SwissAbroad we are generally poorly protected and represented. All we hear from politicians and the administration are empty words. You can feel the reluctance to take the Swiss Abroad seriously as fully fledged Swiss citizens (including at many consulates and embassies). After all we are not all billionaires living in the US. The Swiss Abroad have long since failed to receive the recognition they deserve from any party and are represented abysmally. The Committee for the Swiss Abroad is a playground for good-for-nothings and lacks any purpose, specific mandate and effective approach.

Wave Dancer, argonaut51@hotmail.com

We are foreign Swiss

Professor Kohler’s “Shadow war and interpretating the present times” is an astute and non-judgmental short essay on the dilemma of the Swiss at Home at the present time. However, it has little to do with the Swiss Abroad, myself included, who make up the so-called 5th column. We truly have no identity at all. We are foreign Swiss, and have been treated as such, especially if one happens to be American Swiss or Swiss American. If we become the 27th canton one day, we will be divided at least into five parts: the EC Swiss, the Swiss American (the American Swiss who are presently treated the worst by our banks – all thanks to the Americans of course!), the Common Wealth Swiss, the South American Swiss, and for brevity the Rest of the World Swiss. In terms of Switzerland, we often older folks are mostly Heimweh-Swiss, who may be in search of a bank account in order to buy a Swiss cup of coffee.

Robert Enggist, Hamilton, Ney Jersey, USA

Putting in our two cents’ worth

I find the demands of many Swiss Abroad concerning political representation and their own electoral constituency downright impudent. It was our decision to leave Switzerland!!! I believe it is an extremely generous display of social solidarity that we can still vote – or put our two cents’ worth in – at all despite no longer living in Switzerland and the fact that our everyday lives are barely affected by ballot results (except where issues of the Swiss Abroad are directly concerned). I am very much opposed to a special constituency for the Swiss Abroad. I would never vote for a Swiss Abroad either. Anyone wishing to be actively involved in Swiss politics should kindly return there to live. In my view it is a privilege that we can take part in elections and referenda at all and one that far from every country grants to its citizens residing abroad.

Susanne Boss, s-boss@online.no

A shift to the right please!

It is high time that the Swiss reflected upon their 724 years of independence. Instead of edging its way towards the EU while spouting empty phrases that have no clear meaning (with the exception of the straight-talking SVP), Parliament would do well to use its precious time for better purposes, namely Switzerland and the Swiss people. Only the SVP is doing this. I urge MPs and Federal Councillors from the other parties in Switzerland to shift significantly to the right towards the SVP. The Swiss people will be grateful to you. Europe is a corrupt union that squanders taxpayers’ money rather than looking after it. Just look at Greece and the unfortunately ever-more corrupt “Podemos” socialist/communist party in Spain. Andalusia is the best example of the problem.

Daniel Oppliger, danieleufemia@gmail.com

Comments (10)
  1. Rita Rita at 11.11.2015
    Gibt es eine Qualitätssicherung bei der Auswahl der Leserbriefe?
  2. Dr .Ute von der Heyde Dr .Ute von der Heyde at 12.11.2015
    Urdemokratie
    Für mich als Auslandsschweizerin, die in den USA, England, Niederland und Deutschland gelebt hat und lebt, ist die Schweiz das Land mit der aufrichtigsten Form der Demokratie. Der Bürger hat die Möglichkeit sachbezogen abzustimmen und das ist "das Mandat nicht abgeben" an Personen, die Parteien wechseln und die Stimmen demzufolge mitnehmen.
    Auch ich finde es anständig, dass ich wählen darf obwohl ich im Ausland zur Zeit lebe.
  3. Jean Thomas Weber Jean Thomas Weber at 12.11.2015
    Herr Oppliger, verunreinigen Sie unsere Revue nicht mit Ihrer SVP-Propaganda. Von wegen sich auf die korrupte EU zu bewegen: wer glaubt eigentlich noch immer dieses Märchen? Die SR ist das Medium für uns Auslandschweizer, bleiben Sie also getrost hinter ihrem vaterländischen Miststock sitzen und verschonen Sie uns mit Ihren Beiträgen. Danke!
    1. Francoise sofia nikolis Francoise sofia nikolis at 13.11.2015
      Ich kann herrn jean thomas weber nur von tiefstem herzen beistmmen. Aber leider "erleiden"diese menschen eine totale und sehr agressive gehirnwaesche.
    2. Franziska Ortega Franziska Ortega at 16.12.2015
      Von wegen Rechtsrutsch bitte!
      Offenbar kennen Sie die spanische Realität überhaupt nicht. Podemos ist keine kommunistische Partei, sondern die Antwort eines grossen Teils der Bevölkerung auf die korrupte rechte Regierungspartei Partido Popular, das Pendant der SVP in der Schweiz. Und von wegen Verschleuderung der Steuergelder: gerade Mitglieder dieser Partei haben Millionen veruntreut und unter anderem in die Schweiz geschafft, während die Regierung dieser Partei Lohnkürzungen und Steuererhöhungen auf dem Buckel der Arbeitnehmer durchgesetzt hat um die Banken zu retten. Aus diesen Gründen hoffen wir, dass es hier zu einem Linksrutsch kommt mit einer menschenfreundlicheren, nicht korrupten Regierung.
  4. Vuiman Vuiman at 14.11.2015
    Unseren Senf dazugeben
    (SUSANNE BOSS, S-BOSS@ONLINE.NO)
    ich bin absolut gleicher Meinung, der Kernsatz ist "Wer in der Schweizer Politik aktiv mitmischen will, soll gefälligst auch wieder dort Wohnsitz nehmen." (Y)
    1. A A at 26.11.2015
      Lieber Herr Weber! Frage an Sie: Linksmeinung ist etwa keine Propagande?
  5. Vuiman Vuiman at 14.11.2015
    Ich schäme mich
    (R.G., ERKRATH, DEUTSCHLAND)
    bestimmt sprechen Sie die "Reportage" im deutschen TV über Oberwil-Lieli an.
    <<SVP-Glarner schockiert die ARD - Aufnahme aus dem ARD Morgenmagazin vom 21.09.2015>>
    wenn man einen voreingenommenen, rotgrünlinken hochgradig "korrekten" ARD-Reporter auf hardcore SVP-Gemeindeammann Andreas Glarner loslässt, und alles noch in weinerlichem "Humanitätsverpflichtungs"-Geschwurbel einpackt, muss es niemanden wundern, wenn so eine "Reportage" draus wird.
    fragen Sie ihre deutschen Freunde HEUTE (nach den Anschlägen in Paris), was sie über die Politik von Oberwil-Lieli halten?
    ich bin mir sicher, Sie können sich dann auch für ihre Freunde schämen!
  6. Bernard J. Wohlwend Bernard J. Wohlwend at 16.01.2016
    Madame la Rédactrice en chef,Retraité résident au Portugal depuis 8ans, suisse de l'étranger pendant plus de 20 ans, j'apprécie énormément la Revue Suisse, en particulier depuis que vous en assummez la rédaction.Dans votre édition de novembre 2015, des lecteurs se prononcent, négativement pour la plupart, sur le statut de suisses de l'étranger. Pour ma part, il m'a toujours été expliqué que le but des représntations diplomatiques est d'oeuvrer pour les citoyens de leur pays d'affectation et non pour les suisses.Ceci dit, j'ai toujours trouvé un accueil chaleureux et une aide efficace auprès de nos diverses représentations diplomatiques dans le monde.
  7. Sylviane Darbellay Sylviane Darbellay at 24.11.2016
    I am a dual Swiss/Australian Citizen. In 2012, I tried to open a bank account at UBS in Martigny, Switzerland. Notwithstanding the facts that in the past I had worked with the person serving me, that I had a Swiss driver's license,and that I was known to several employees of the bank, I was unable to do so, because my Swiss passport had expired. (I travel with an Australian passport.)So now, when I will eventually get my pension,most of it will go in bank fees. Exactly what I wanted. Not! Sylviane Darbellay

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