A flying begin
An announcement that shocked even in his social gathering. Simonetta Sommarugga introduced her departure from the Federal Council on Wednesday. Personal causes – her husband is recovering from a stroke – clarify this abrupt however clearly authentic resolution.
The socialist could have spent twelve years within the federal government. What to say on the time of the steadiness sheet. Little doubt the metaphor of the glass half empty or half full might be related. On the damaging aspect, in her first incarnation as head of the Division of Justice and Police, Moritz Leuenberger’s successor was in keeping with what one may need feared from an elected official from the “social liberal” wing. From the appropriate, due to this fact, from the Socialist Social gathering, she was notably one of many inspirations in 2001 of the Gurten Manifesto.
Alignment with a liberal imaginative and prescient of the economic system, in keeping with Tony Blair or Gerhardt Schroeder, which has definitely helped win some elections in Europe however has precipitated social democracy to be discredited in lots of international locations , the obvious case being France.
In energy, she notably carried out an asylum coverage out of step – to place it mildly – with the values of the left. Its asylum legislation – adopted by 67% of voters in 2016 – is a part of a technocratic imaginative and prescient of effectivity, rather more than left-wing humanism.
Aspect glass half full, be aware that the Federal Councilor then revealed, from 2019, extra comfy within the Division of the atmosphere, power, transport and communication. It definitely misplaced the CO2 Act in 2021, nevertheless it was ready, within the course of, to return again to the cost and suggest a brand new mission. Present occasions – the dangers of provide disruptions linked to the Ukrainian disaster – have taken it upon themselves to show him proper. We are going to see what the referendum launched by the SVP in opposition to this 2.0 legislation on the local weather will give.
It’s undoubtedly this character trait that we are going to bear in mind from the Justice of the Peace: a capability to go to the coal with a sure dedication, to forge consensus, to have interaction in politics, due to this fact. Now we have seen it on the European file too: the adoption of the initiative in opposition to mass immigration has put Brussels in firecracker. It took the Justice of the Peace a whole lot of ability to go up the slope.
On this, greater than his individual or his political anchorage, it’s certainly an unfavorable political steadiness of energy and more and more polarized on the appropriate which has served and blocked his tasks. This above all raises the query of the curiosity of the participation of the minority left in an government below the management of an more and more right-wing, to not say reactionary, political majority. However this Wednesday, the time was for political ways, not for these substantive points.