The Swiss are Moved Not by Fear but by Courage

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.

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3 responses to “The Swiss are Moved Not by Fear but by Courage

  1. Elisabeth Ecker

    What happened February 28th?

  2. From Wikipedia: “Voters have clearly rejected –- by 58.9% to 41.1% –- an initiative to automatically deport foreigners who commit certain crimes. Only six of 26 cantons -– Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Uri, Appenzell Inner Rhoden and Ticino -– approved the controversial initiative.”

  3. Elisabeth Ecker

    Thanks Eric, very interesting! I wonder what the vote would be in Canada.