“A people is entirely responsible for who holds power.”

Paul Bertololy (1892 to 1972), German doctor and author

“The SVP is willing to take on additional government responsibility. If they don’t give us the Federal Council seat then what is the point of holding elections?”

Toni Brunner, SVP President on election day

“He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.”

George Bernard Shaw (1856 to 1950), Irish dramatist and politician

“After 36 years of losing, a small victory is still a triumph.”

Philipp Müller, FDP President on election day

“Try not to suit everybody; to please everyone is fatal.”

Friedrich Schiller (1759 to 1805), German poet and dramatist

“The immigration crisis had a major impact on the election campaign. This is just what the SVP had been waiting for.”

Christophe Darbellay, CVP President on election day

“First comes eating, then comes morality.”

Bertolt Brecht (1898 to 1956), German dramatist

“The fact that the Federal Council wants to put Switzerland under the control of European judges is a ludicrous policy.”

Roger Köppel, the newly elected National Councillor and chief editor of “Weltwoche”

“It is an old adage that you often have to learn from your enemies in politics.”

Lenin (1870 to 1924), Russian politician and revolutionary

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