Sunday, September 04, 2005

Understanding the Swiss

I came across a great site from the BBC called Listen Again. What I found was a great 30 minute clip on "What's so special about the Swiss?" (RealPlayer) It's a great way to delve into a culture and a great way to understand the Swiss just a bit more. (This may be out of date already.)

The audio is about Swiss identity and political culture. The BBC journalist Paul Henley attempts to understand issues such as direct democracy, bank secracy, and Schwingen treaty. He gets some comments from such figures as Bertrand Piccard, Adolf Ogi, Jean Ziegler, Antonella Notari (the ICRC spokesperson in Geneva) and Christoph Blocher (the only interviewee who chose to answer in German).

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