What conservatives can learn from the Swiss election results

Parliamentary elections in Switzerland

A sign indicates a polling station for parliamentary elections. The members of both chambers of parliament, the National Council (200 seats) and the Council of States (46 seats) were elected for a four-year term of office. This does not change the government. Switzerland is a democracy of concordance, in which for the last 60 years the four parties with the most voters in the seven-member government, the Federal Council, are represented.

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Zurich It looks like a trifle, but for Swiss conditions, it is a political landslide equals: The Greens recorded in Swiss parliamentary elections, a plus of more than five percent – and thus become the fourth strongest political force in the country.

Therefore, our neighboring country is unlikely to turn into a green oasis. But nevertheless the election result holds an important lesson ready, which should also consider conservative forces in Germany: Who presents no answers to the climate question, is punished by the voter.

With a voting share of around 12.7 percent, the Greens have supplanted the Swiss Christian Democrats as the fourth strongest party in parliament. The Greens are now allowed to hope for a seat in the country's seven-member government. There, however, their influence is likely to be kept within narrow limits, because in Bern, the consensus ruled: The Federal Council always decides together, government coalitions as in Germany does not exist.

Nevertheless, the Swiss election results show that the climate issue is far more than just a fashion topic. The Swiss People's Party (SVP) was caught cold. Although it remains with around 26 percent of the vote, the strongest force in parliament, but must be sensitive losses. This does not just scratch the ego of the SVP grandees, but should also make conservative politicians in other countries think.

The SVP had tried to stamp climate change as a left-wing fantasy. Their representatives warned against a "climate hysteria" and denied even that man contributes to climate warming in general. "Crete instead of Greta" was the slogan with which the SVP youth drew everyone seriously into the election campaign.

With this bird ostrich method, the SVP crashed. The green wave in Switzerland should therefore also make conservative parties in other countries think. Those who close their eyes to climate change and pretend that the problem does not exist are punished by the voters.

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