– Iden­tity

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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.

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