Thursday, 28 January 2010, 12.30-14.00


Switzerland has been criticized lately: On the one hand, Switzerland’s direct democracy is a showpiece; on the other hand, it unleashes worldwide consternation. International pressures on bank secrecy lead to concessions in the exchange of fiscal information. The accusation of cherry-picking comes up regularly. 

Does Switzerland have to fear for its reputation and economy?

Did Switzerland react accordingly to the international pressure on tax issues?

What consequences will this have on Swiss diplomacy and its role as a mediator in international conflicts?

  • Pascale Bruderer-Wyss, President of the National Council of Switzerland; Young Global Leader
  • Peter Maurer, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, New York
  • Haig Dr Simonian, Correspondent, Financial Times, Switzerland
  • Ulrich Thielemann, Vice-Director, Business Ethics, University of St Gallen, Switzerland

Moderated by

  • Stephan Klapproth, Anchor, Ten O’Clock News, Swiss Television SF DRS, Switzerland