Letters to the editor

A year after the “franc shock” The impact of the strong currency

I am amongst those who lost their jobs because of the franc shock. But instead of registering as unemployed, I emigrated and am now working abroad.

Philipp Rederlechner, Izmir, Turkey

Switzerland is just a small cog in the global economy. The abandonment of the fixed exchange rate to the euro obviously shocked the world of finance but there are many other factors influencing the current challenging global economic situation, such as the fall in the price of raw materials and the decline in exports from China, etc. I have been affected by the strong Swiss franc in two ways. On the one hand, the value of my shares fell significantly during the recession but, on the other, the strong franc is providing me with a higher pension in Thai baht where I live.

Ernst Rütimann, Thailand

The continued euro weakness, possibly soon to be made even worse by Brexit or another political or economic shock, could lead to the Swiss franc remaining at this rate or higher for a number of years. The labour force’s flexibility (working longer hours for the same pay or short-time working) means that many jobs have been kept, but I worry that a long-term strong franc will have a permanent impact on industry in Switzerland – especially at a time when global demand is slowing.

Christophe Winkler, England

The referendum on 5 june Free lawyers for asylum seekers?

I welcome a speedier decision-making as to who may stay and who may not. I live in Australia and would be cautious about the idea of free legal representation for refugees. Here we have had that for years, with the result that some refugees have spent months, some even years in detention centres, always hoping that a “no” decision would be overturned. This has caused a lot of angst, mental illness and self-harming, fed by lawyers dangling the carrot of a wonderful life in Australia – although Australia suffers from increased unemployment, like most other countries. In the end, everyone is frustrated: the refugees who wait in vain for years, and the Australians, because they are tarnished by the media as heartless, despite welcoming thousands of refugees every year. The only happy ones are the lawyers who get paid handsomely out of the citizens’ taxes. Personally, I would advocate a speedier procedure, including free legal representation for one appeal only and not an endless backwards and forwards.

Diane Hobiger, Australia

Of course we should be open to taking in refugees. But from where? As we know from Germany, many of those arriving in great hordes are not willing to adapt. Many are not refugees but instead seeking a better future in the West.

I believe Switzerland should work with organisations such as Open Doors that are familiar with the situation of people in Syria, for example. They also know who the genuine refugees are.

Doris Escurriola, Valencia, Spain

We are comfortable and contented members of an affluent society living in political and economic security and are afraid that something will be taken away from us, which is in fact not the case. Unfortunately, the humanity factor and the need for compassion are sometimes completely disregarded. Refugees are condemned as economic migrants across the board, denying the fact that these people are fleeing from circumstances partially caused by our own prosperity. The right to asylum is a human right which everyone is obliged to uphold. The provision of free legal aid for people who cannot afford it should go without saying in a constitutional state. If only those with enough money get justice, that is no longer a constitutional state.

Klemens Graf, Germany

The final resting place – Swiss-made! Offbeat funerals in Switzerland

I like the idea of a person being turned into a diamond after death. I would prefer to end up a diamond than be eaten by worms in a dark coffin. Diamonds are very beautiful and may provide my descendants with pleasure. Instead of “ashes to ashes and dust to dust”, it would be “ashes to carbon and graphite to diamond”. That sounds a bit more modern, doesn’t it?

Karina Fenner, Alice Springs, Australia

Comments (6)
  1. Moo Qahtani Moo Qahtani at 14.06.2016
    Hi Karina Fenner,
    I like your comment :) Diamond.. especially after the other heavy comments about the thema refugees..
    Take acre :)
    Moo, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  2. Luis Pereira Luis Pereira at 29.06.2016
    Da bin ich wirklich erstaunt,dass in dieser angeblichen Schweizer Revue noch Kommentare auf englisch zu lesen sind, welche die Kommentare bezüglich Flüchtlingsangelegenheiten der Schweiz als haevy taxiert.
    Ich musste heute auf dem Schweizer Konsulat in Panama 3 Quittungen in blanko unterschreiben, damit mir eine Rückreisehilfe vom EDA geleistet wird und musste von dem Honorarkonsul Kritiken erdulden, welche nur mit Menschenmisshandlung verbunden werden können.
    Sei zu erwähnen, dass man als kranker und dementsprechen arbeitsunfähiger Schweizer noch gezwungen wird, diese Hilfe innert 60 Tagen zurück zu bezahlen.
    Andererseits werden Ausländer in der Schweiz Rückkehrhilfen von bis zu Fr. 10 000.- geleistet.
    Wo sind wir in der Schweiz gelandet?
    Oder sind wir in der Schweiz gebohrenen Schweizer alles Halbschuhe, wenn wir keine Goldbarren oder gestohlene Bilder vom 2.Weltkrieg in einem Zollfreilager in der Schweiz besitzen?
  3. H. Nievergelt Abreu H. Nievergelt Abreu at 01.07.2016
    Schweizer Revue Ausgabe Juni 2016
    Richtigstellung:
    Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren
    Sehr geehrte Frau Tromp

    Auf der Seite 17 der besagten Ausgabe schreiben sie;
    Schwierige Rückkehr wegen der AHV
    «Ganz bitter für uns mobile Schweizer ist die Abschaffung der freiwilligen AHV für Auslandschweizer», sagt sie zu den aktuellen Problemen.

    Ihre pauschale Aussage irritierte mich und fragte bei der AHV nach. Ich lebe in der Dom. Republik und bezahlte bis jetzt meinen Freiwilligen AHV Beitrag.

    Hier die Origial Antwort vom 30.06.2016
    Sehr geehrter Herr NIEVERGELT
    Wir beziehen uns auf Ihre E-Mail vom 22.06.2016.
    Es ist richtig, dass Schweizer die in Europa wohnen seit 2001 keine freiwilligen AHV Beiträge mehr leisten können. Da Sie in der Dominikanischen Republik wohnhaft sind, sind sie ja davon nicht betroffen.

    Dies wichtige Detail haben sie vergessen und bitte sie daher dies in der nächsten Ausgabe zu Korrigieren weil im Bereicht deutliche steht das über Über 760 000 Schweizerinnen und Schweizer im Ausland leben.

    Mit freundliche Grüsse
    H. Nievergelt Abreu
  4. edward gutknecht edward gutknecht at 11.07.2016
    change my address have moved to 2208 Oakland Walk Dr Lawrenceville Georgia USA 30044

    since i can read the revue on line no need to snail mail the revue i read it all and gATHER USEFUL KNOWLEDGE. THANKS
  5. Pierre E.Oberson Pierre E.Oberson at 15.07.2016
    Sortie du nucléaire:
    Il est vrai que l'effet Fukoshima s'est amenuisé,et pour cela l'on ne peut ignorer la responsabilité des médias qui préfèrent toujours publier des faits éclatants,au lieu d'informer régulièrement.
    Mais il faut savoir qu'à Fukoshima l'on continue encore aujourd'hui de déverser des tonnes d'eau radioactive dans l'océan Pacifique,et cela depuis 5ans,jour après jour Les dégâts sont dejas incalculable,et comme ce n'est pas près de s'arrêter ,cette catastrophe est probablement plus dangereuse pour notre survie que le changement climatique.Vu que les centrales 100% sûre n'existent pas,et que l'on est incapable de gérer les accidents majeures,le nucléaire n'est pas une option acceptable,quoi qu'en disent les gens qui en tirent du profit.
  6. claude wittmann claude wittmann at 20.07.2016
    bonjour,

    Je viens de lire "Un cabaret contre la guerre" et j'en reste choqué et gravement interpellé sur l'éthique de publication de la Revue. Comment est-il possible, alors qu'on parle avec sérieux de la noirceur du père fouettard en terre Suisse et Fribourgeoise, alors qu'on a changé le nom des "Têtes de N*" pour les appeler Tête au Choco, qu'on risque l
    arrestation outre-mer pour utiliser le mot "N* en anglais ou en français", qu'on s'indigne tous les jours du racisme manifesté aux Etats-Unis, et presque partout ailleurs, que la Revue Suisse puisse publier un auteur qui caractérise de "n*" les musiques et danses jouées au Cabaret Voltaire d'autrefois? Si l'auteur Gerhard Mack manque d'éducation en terme d'histoire et de politique inter-culturelle, il en revient à la Revue de faire son triage. S'il-vous-plaît.

    N* = mot que le site de la Revue, ironiquement, ne m'a pas permis d'utiliser dans ma lettre!

    claude wittmann
    Toronto

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