The experience of long professional stays abroad allow me to put the political system in Switzerland into perspective. We already learn democracy at school and live it in associations and in many companies. The ability of the Swiss to listen is probably related to this lived democracy. It provides a basis for the innovative strength and competitiveness of our economy.
On the other hand, I never want to forget that our country has been spared by historical deflagrations of war, Nazism and communism. In countries like Poland, Romania, Russia or Ukraine, where one constantly comes across traces of the defeats of humanity, one is repeatedly made aware of how much our prosperity is the result of lucky circumstances.