Meeting Micheline Calmy-Rey
Wednesday November 11th 2009, 22:09h
Filed under: Development Cooperation, Politics

Hansjörg Leutwyler, Matthias Stürmer, Micheline Calmy-Rey, Martin Dahinden, Walter Donzé

Today was one of my most political days:

First, in the afternoon, I met Federal Council Micheline Calmy-Rey and Martin Dahinden, the director of the Swiss Development Agency, in order to pass them on a petition of our campaign StopArmut 2015. They took 20 minutes to listen to our concern that Switzerland joins the Global Framework for Action on Water and Sanitation. Later in the news Swiss national radio station SR DRS as well as several online platforms reported about the event.

Then later in the evening I participated in a panel discussion about the early vote on the prohibition of Swiss weapon exports. Although only a few people attended the discussion it was an interesting conversation as my opponent was a member of the same party as I’m in, the Swiss Evangelical People’s Party EVP. Therefore we share many similar values but still came to a different conclusion about the impact of such a weapon export prohibition. Fritz Heiniger’s main argument was that GSoA, the originator of the initiative, just wants to abolish the Swiss army - which is true but has nothing to do with the current vote!


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