“Traditionally skeptical” – This is how the “Spiegel” judges opponents of measures in Switzerland

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In a long situation report, the Switzerland correspondent explains to the Germans, among other things, how to pronounce “freedom Tryps” – and how divided the country is.

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The renowned magazine “Der Spiegel” devotes a long article to the current Corona debate in Switzerland.

20min / Michael Scherrer

In a detailed report, Switzerland correspondent Ann-Dorit Boy investigates the question of why the vaccination rate in Switzerland is so low and examines the resistance to the corona measures.

In a detailed report, Switzerland correspondent Ann-Dorit Boy investigates the question of why the vaccination rate in Switzerland is so low and examines the resistance to the corona measures.

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The expanded certificate requirement finally led to a tense situation.

The expanded certificate requirement finally led to a tense situation.

20min/Celia Nogler

  • The German news magazine “Der Spiegel” reports on the Corona debate in Switzerland.

  • The country has a tense climate. Opponents and supporters of the measures would clash.

  • Among other things, this has to do with the tradition that is critical of the government in this country. Compared to Germany, the measures were also harmless.

The German news magazine “The mirror” takes on the current Corona debate in Switzerland. In a detailed report, the Switzerland correspondent Ann-Dorit Boy investigates the question of why the vaccination rate in Switzerland is lower than anywhere else in Europe and examines the resistance to the corona measures. For them it is clear: the fronts have hardened again after the state government decided on an expanded certificate requirement.

The desire for freedom and high immigration quota led to a lower vaccination quota

Above the article entitled “The Swiss government messes with vaccinators” is a picture of a corona mini-protest with six opponents of the measure in front of the Federal Palace. Boy, who reports from Geneva, also serve as an illustrative example of the Swiss resistance to the measures, as well as retired guests at a local coffee shop, who loudly announced their rejection of the Corona certificate this week. The landlord should have asked “anxiously” for the QR code, she writes. The episode is an example of the mood in the country. The country, which is in a heavy fourth wave that has “rolled over” the hospitals, is “divided”.

This is followed by a recording of the status quo: fewer people are vaccinated in rural areas than in cities and a particularly large number of young women would not be vaccinated. In the resistance to the Corona measures, a typical Swiss desire for freedom is evident. The country is “traditionally skeptical” of its central government. In this way, the Swiss resembled the Americans. But the high immigration quota in this country also has an influence on the fight against pandemics for the “Spiegel”. The paper takes up the discussions about unvaccinated people with foreign roots. The infection of Nati-Captain Granit Xhaka is also discussed.

SVP has shown itself to be “unsolidary” – words of praise for the government

The «Freiheitstrychler» also play a prominent role in the article. The author explains to her German readers how the Swiss German word is pronounced (»long I»). She also calls the group the “Swiss counterpart” to the lateral thinkers in Germany. However, the Boy does not believe that these stand for a majority in the country.

Her emblematic ringing of the cow bells should seem “exotic” to the townspeople, she writes. She judges that Federal Councilor Ueli Maurer posed in a shirt from the controversial group last week, even though the SVP is part of the government, could only exist in Switzerland. With the action, Maurer broke the solidarity principle in the state government and at the same time secured the support of the measures opponents.

A letter signed by several police officers last month, in which they announced their refusal to not follow corona measures, shows the worrying conditions in this country. Comparisons of totalitarianism by politicians like Roger Köppel are “grotesque”. Boy also comments on the behavior of the entire Federal Council in the pandemic.

The government acts “cautiously”, which is typical. You have introduced a “lockdown light” under the motto “as little as possible, as short as possible”. That the first vote on the Covid law was accepted with 60 percent yes votes, unless it was also an expression of the population’s approval for this course. How it will come out the second time, however, is uncertain in view of the tense situation.

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