influence ourselves. The third pillar stands for this. Here, we can decide ourselves just how much we want to risk. Dissatisfaction with AHV is an expression of concern about its funding and the fervent desire to find a long-term solution.
The Weidmann Group operates around the world. Do you consider the political climate surrounding trade tariffs to be a real threat?
We manufacture locally in around twenty countries. In this sense, we are relatively well positioned when it comes to trade tariffs. Generally speaking, I am observing this trend with some concern, of course, although I certainly can see opportunities for Switzerland. As a small country, we can react relatively quickly and indepen-
dently, and use bilateral free trade agreements to enter new markets. Lower customs duties alone are not the main goal here. These types of agreements rather allow us to become a closer and more trusted partner, as seen in the case of China.
According to the Worry Barometer, the three main characteristics of the Swiss identity are security, neutrality and the countryside. Are you surprised by this rather traditional identification?
No, I find it unremarkable in times of escalating armed conflicts and increasing migration. It makes me optimistic that there are so many who are proud of our security and safety, where a Federal Councillor can take the tram without any
bodyguards. Proud of our neutrality which allows us to bring conflicting parties together at the table. And proud of our magnificent countryside that we enjoy and should care for.
What three things does Switzerland mean for you?
First, it stands for stability, based on a functioning judicial system and a strong economy. Second, for solidarity. The public stands up for minorities and the disadvantaged, which is invaluable for social peace. And third, for the powers of innovation and renewal. The best examples were the financial and economic crisis and the Swiss franc shock. It is impressive how quickly we manage to recover from crises like this one.