Ueli Maurer

Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer left the National Council chamber on 18 June without a word. Parliament had just thrown out his army reform. The next day, the “Neue Zürcher Zeitung” wrote that Ueli Maurer’s party, the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), had played the main role in the National Council “game of poker” over the future development of the army. The SVP was in fact calling for a much larger army and far more money – an extra 400 million Swiss francs – than the preliminary consultation committee had proposed.

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