Switzer­land ‘bor­ing’ and proud of it

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

BERN: It’s good to be bor­ing in these un­cer­tain times, Switzer­land’s pres­i­dent says, in a light­hearted swipe at US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Bri­tain’s Brexit ref­er­en­dum.

Alain Ber­set, ad­dress­ing the Swiss For­eign Cor­re­spon­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion said Switzer­land’s sys­tem of di­rect democ­racy meant it voted on ‘‘pretty much ev­ery­thing’’.

‘‘I’m not sure whether you can even get that across to your read­ers at home. Ap­par­ently there are coun­tries where just one ref­er­en­dum is enough to plunge the coun­try into years of un­cer­tainty and chaos,’’ he said. ‘‘For­tu­nately we in Switzer­land have al­ready sorted out our re­la­tion­ship with the EU.’’

In a sur­vey of cities with the best qual­ity of life, British broad­caster the BBC called Zurich ‘‘bor­ing’’ and Geneva ‘‘deadly dull’’, Ber­set said.

‘‘Of course you know Switzer­land bet­ter than that. We work very hard to be that bor­ing,’’ he joked. — Reuters

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