- FDP President Thierry Burkart campaigned for the procurement of new fighter jets and closer cooperation with NATO at the delegates’ meeting in Andermatt UR.
- The protection of Switzerland can only be guaranteed through cooperation.
- The actual attack by Putin was an attack on individual freedom, said Burkart at his second delegates’ meeting as party president.
With the war in Ukraine, the basis of liberalism, for which the FDP is committed, is under attack, said Burkart. If these values were attacked, the FDP could not remain silent. It is important to fly the flag, to get involved and to say what needs to be done. It has been shown that security in Europe is not God-given and cannot be taken for granted.
Slogan formulation and war in the Ukraine
The delegates of the FDP Switzerland this Saturday in Andermatt UR summarize the slogan for the reform of the withholding tax, which will be voted on in autumn. The party is also positioning itself for the elections with position papers on Europe, migration and security.
The start of the FDP delegates’ meeting in the VBS multi-purpose hall in Andermatt is all about topicality: Federal President Ignazio Cassis and Federal Councilor Karin Keller-Sutter talk about the war in Ukraine. The topic is also the pacemaker for two of the three position papers that are to be adopted by the delegates: It’s about security and migration.
“There are situations in which you have to defend yourself militarily.” You also have to get involved beyond the borders and do your own homework, the FDP President continued. The Swiss army must be ready for action, which also includes the procurement of new fighter jets. “There is nothing more cooperative in Europe than monitoring and protecting the airspace.”
solidarity with refugees
In certain areas, protection for Switzerland can only be achieved through cooperation. The FDP is therefore committed to closer cooperation with NATO. In his speech, Burkart also referred to another side of the war: that of the refugees. Europe has shown solidarity in this regard, but is also facing a “huge challenge”.
Cassis and Keller-Sutter on ongoing crises
The FDP members of the Federal Council, Karin Keller-Sutter and Ignazio Cassis, spoke at the delegates’ meeting in Andermatt UR on the ongoing crises. They showed understanding for the tiredness of the people and at the same time put criticism of the government into perspective.
In a conversation with his office and party colleague, Federal President Cassis said that the Federal Council had to deal with several crises at the same time recently. Due to the pandemic and the immediately following war in Ukraine, he perceives a “very great tiredness” in the population.
In her eyes, however, there was no division in society because of Corona, maybe “a few cracks,” said Keller Sutter. However, the fact that the personal threat situation has increased as a result is unacceptable. You have to be free to express your opinion.
The Federal Council is crisis-proof. Despite “brutal criticism” from the media, 70 to 80 percent of the population would trust the government. This is a top value and this capital must be taken care of. Keller-Sutter added that bashing the Federal Council is currently in fashion. She spoke of a “national sport in Switzerland”.
Cassis assured: “We can also laugh at ourselves”, for example on the Federal Council “school trip”. Cassis has not yet revealed where this year is headed.
He does not rule out that the political discussion will return to the issue of migration. The FDP wants to be prepared for this. He wanted to offer his party a united stance on the issue and solutions.