Source: Zeit Online
February 28, 2016, was a big day for Switzerland – and Europe. At a time when the European Union threatens to collapse under the weight of the refugee crisis, when elected governments often tailor their policies to suit the yellow press or the pub-goers, put up fences and place limits on the number of refugees all because that’s what the people purportedly want; at this time one country is moving against the spirit of the times.
And its voters are doing what is demanded of everyone who exercises popular sovereignty: maintaining a sense of proportion, weighing up the issue, and using their common sense. Moved not by fear, but by courage.