Plans for the future

Life sometimes springs unpleasant surprises on us, leaving us wondering what we could have prevented had we only paid closer attention and recognised the signs. A sentence on page 29 of this issue may harbour an unpleasant surprise for you, my dear readers. It is located in the top right-hand corner of the page: “In future, would you prefer to subscribe to the electronic version and continue receiving six issues?” This refers to the “Swiss Review”. The unpleasant surprise is that the DFA and the directors of the OSA plan to send just four of the six issues a year to subscribers who opt for the printed version of the “Swiss Review”. Only those who subscribed to the electronic version would continue to receive all six issues. This means that subscribers to the print version would be provided with only some of the information. We are interested to know what you, our readers, think of these plans. You can also write directly to those responsible: juerg.burri@eda.admin.ch, mastantuoni@aso.ch or rustichelli@aso.ch

The outcome of the elections on 18 October was no great surprise. As predicted, conservative parties gained a lot of ground in the National Council. In the last legislative period, we saw how the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) – which is now the strongest party by far – used initiatives and referenda to push its policies through. The will of the people was declared to be the highest authority and the role of the constitutional state was sidelined to some extent. However, democracy and the constitutional state belong together. This also means that none of our organs of power– neither Parliament, nor government, nor the people – should have sole authority. Those in government must also abide by the law because if laws are adapted arbitrarily to suit different situations, the outcome is nothing short of dictatorship. Our election reports can be found on pages 12 to 15.

And finally, on a personal note, this is the last issue of the “Swiss Review” for which I will be responsible as editor-in-chief. Because I will be retiring in February 2016, I will hand over editorial control to my successor, Marko Lehtinen, at the beginning of November. The past five years have been a tremendously enriching experience for me as editor-in-chief. Together with the editorial team, we have succeeded in adapting the “Swiss Review” to the modern requirements of communication. Many of you, my dear readers, have written to us. You have made suggestions, voiced praise and sometimes also criticised us. I would like to thank you most sincerely for this. Because without such feedback, journalism takes place in a vacuum.

Barbara Engel, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Comments (11)
  1. Barbara Speich Barbara Speich at 14.11.2015
    Alles Gute und Liebe zur Pensionierung wünsch ich Ihnen Frau Barbara Engel. Barbara Speich aus Serbien.
  2. Fabian Pedrazzini Fabian Pedrazzini at 15.11.2015
    Thank you so much, we have all appreciated your good work. Happy retirement. Fabian Pedrazzini, Hong Kong China
  3. Monique Bruderer Williams Monique Bruderer Williams at 17.11.2015
    Tous mes remerciements pour ces années de travail accompli dans le souci de nous informer fiablement et exhaustivement, et d'une communication agréable. Bonne retraite ! Monique Bruderer Williams, France.
  4. Yves GIUDICELLI Yves GIUDICELLI at 17.11.2015
    Très bonne retraite et merci pour l'excellence du travail d'information que vous avez accompli. Yves Giudicelli, Maroc.
  5. Marion Bader Marion Bader at 18.11.2015
    Bonne retraite, et encore merci pour tout votre travail, très apprécié .
    Marion Bader, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  6. Marion Bader Marion Bader at 18.11.2015
    Bonne retraite, et encore merci pour tout votre travail, très apprécié .
    Marion Bader, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  7. Willy Henri Pfister Willy Henri Pfister at 20.11.2015
    Bonne retraite et merci de nous avoir permis de suivre l'actualité Suisse avec autant de précision et de "neutralité".
  8. Willy Henri Pfister Willy Henri Pfister at 20.11.2015
    Bonne retraite et merci de nous avoir permis de suivre l'actualité Suisse avec autant de précision et de "neutralité".
  9. Shahram Amintorabi Shahram Amintorabi at 20.11.2015
    Besten dank Frau Engel, ich wünsche Ihnen alles Gute, freundliche Grüsse
  10. Kunz Jean Kunz Jean at 28.11.2015
    Merci pour tout le travail effectué et le temps que vous y avez consacré avec conscience professionnelle. Bonne retraite
  11. Yvonne Drews Yvonne Drews at 11.12.2015
    Seitdem Sie, liebe Frau Barbara Engel, als Chefredakteurin das Editorial in der Schweizer Revue geschrieben haben, war ich begeistert über Ihre sachliche, mutige und kritische Kommentierung. Ich bedauere es sehr, dass Sie pensioniert werden. Sie werden mir fehlen! Trotzdem wünsche ich Ihnen einen aufregenden Unruhestand!

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