Should Swiss law be above international law? The self-determination initiative (SBI) is one of the most important voices in recent years, the race being open to recent opinion polls. That's why protagonists are being broadcast on the fifth evening.
"Arena" coach Jonas Projer instantly buttons – with innocent smile on his face – Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga (SP). He stresses that the Swiss people have one last word thanks to their direct democracy – and exemplifies the free movement of persons, the swiftly-swapping of which Switzerland will vote for another SVP initiative. "Do you really tell me that all the contracts are in the referendum? They are made by the Federal Council and the diplomats," Projer said.
"This is the biggest shabby I've heard a few times," Sommaruga said coldly and prepared for the first big laugh in the audience (minute 8), where a group of SVP sympathizers appeared.
The audience must focus properly because the self-determination initiative is a very complex template: 5,000 international treaties are currently complemented by Swiss law, such as membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO) or the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In the event of a future disagreement with the Law on State Rights, they would have to be terminated if they did so "if necessary".
The reason why the FDP of the States of Phillippe Müller extended the two sides against the SVP initiators. "Switzerland is thriving thanks to international agreements, with the initiative of self-determination of the SVP striking a shotgun into the cornfield, and destroying everything that has built our country," shot Aargauer against Senior Councilor Magdalena Martullo-Blochero, who attracts attention not only because of their red Veston.
The daughter of SVP superstar Christoph Blocher "stomps" in the studio. Unlike his father's numerous games, he remains mostly calm and objective. She stressed that none of the 5,000 contracts, except for the free movement of people, would have to be adjusted if it was accepted. "People are not stupid!"
"The Initiative Against Human Rights," as the Left Self-Ownership initiative calls it, rejects aid organizations and the Church through the media. "It's about people, about human rights in this weed salad," says Andrea Huber of the Alliance of Civil Society. Opponents of the self-determination initiative argue in particular that the GSP has abstained from the end of the European Court of Human Rights. Martullo-Blocher categorically refused this allegation: "We are not a nation of arbitrariness, we will be a part of the European Court of Human Rights."
The core of the debate then focuses on the alleged "revolution" in the federal supreme court, as Hans-Ueli Vogt, the SVP National Council and the professor of law have said. In 2012, five federal judges canceled the expulsion of a Macedonian criminal and, incidentally, stated that in cases of conflict, the European Court of Human Rights would act not only on federal laws but also on the federal constitution. At that time, SVP felt betrayed and "people's will". Without judgment, the initiative of self-determination would probably not have been initiated.
"The federal court said that international voters were in charge of the convention, a revolution, and the judges knew very well that they committed themselves to thin ice," said Vogt, who waved the federal constitution. Research in the arena, however, shows that the decision was not a revolution, but only a sign of how to implement the expulsion initiative.
The miserable FDP-Müller was afraid that because of the federal court's judgment "does not fit", now the Constitution does not change.
Federal Councilor Sommarug – despite countless circumstances in the best attack – Vogt attacked with a sophisticated expression. The decision at that time only confirms that Switzerland is bound by international treaties, as it has done since 1870. And it makes a clear conclusion: "The self-determination initiative is not against foreign judges, but against their judges.
At the end of the surprisingly objective arena, Projer's lawyer Professor Vogt is being tested. Minaret, expatriate and mass immigration: these three initiatives have been implemented in the last ten years. It was Projer, as if he were enchanted because the initiatives had little effect. "Parliament defends," explains Vogt. With the self-determination initiative, there is again a vaguely formulated initiative that is barely feasible. "Do we want Gstürm again for five years?" Said Projer told Vogt.
The National SVP Council is responsible for the fact that SBI will finally end this discussion. Once and for all, Parliament is informed that immigration should be controlled and minarets no longer built. "The self-determination initiative is more of an initiative for self-employment," Projer summarizes and laughs on his side.
"What is the best thing for you in the fall?" At the very end of the program, Projer raises another free question. As the only member of the Federal Council, Sommarug, does not respond to the hidden political message: "My home vermicelli," explains Bernese woman and smiles.