Swiss struggle

PT       2002-09-10 
“WE MUST preserve our special identity,” says an influential columnist. “We must become normal,” counters a leading politician. Many Swiss somehow want to fuse both these views—and keep their country ultra-independent and ultra-democratic, while nonetheless “opening up” to the world. With the decision to join the United Nations on September 10th, you might think the normalisers were winning. Indeed, after that, the European Union too? Do not bet on it.