The delegates of the Center – fusion of the PDC and the PBD – adopted this Saturday their slogans for the elections of June 13th. By 178 votes to 23, they broadly supported the CO2 law. This is a good example of the Centre’s policy, they believe: it is an effective and balanced solution which advances the decarbonization of the economy and of society. On the other hand, they rejected the two agricultural initiatives on pesticides and on drinking water.
The Center wants to be the political force “which maintains the cohesion of Switzerland”, declared Saturday its president Gerhard Pfister at the opening of the assembly of the delegates. At the opening of this virtual meeting, he insisted on the need for a strong center and a consensual policy that balances polarization: “We are positioning ourselves at the center of the political spectrum. We are in favor of social balance, ”he insisted.
Certainly, parties that shout louder than others can seduce young voters, continued the president of the Center. But young people also have a growing need for consensus, as a political scientist recently said. Not long ago, the Youth Center Party announced that it had gained 500 new members.
Improvements required on the framework agreement
“And I also receive feedback from cantonal parties that the number of members is on the rise. All this gives us very positive signals as to the setting in motion of our party “, continued Gerhard Pfister, confirmed in his analysis by the successes achieved in Basel-City, Neuchâtel and Solothurn” during cantonal elections.
The day after the summit meeting between Guy Parmelin and Ursula von der Leyen, the president recalled that The Center, as before the PDC, has always made it clear in which areas it requires improvements within the framework of the framework agreement with the EU: wage protection, the directive on European citizenship and state aid.
In these areas, the Center advocates abandoning a dynamic resumption of law. By excluding these three points from the scope of the agreement, the issue of sovereignty would be attenuated in a targeted manner on these politically sensitive themes. Otherwise, one might fear the influence of the EU Court of Justice. According to Gerhard Pfister, it must be ruled out that this could, for example, force Switzerland to ratify the directive on European citizenship of the EU and issue judgments deteriorating the level of wage protection.