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Max Schmidheiny Foundation Forum, 23 June 2008

On 23 June 2008, the Max Schmidheiny Foundation held a forum in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, with the aim of fostering dialogue between politics, business and society. Under the topic of „Konkordanzdemokratie und Opposition – Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik“ the Max Schmidheiny Foundation brought together a group of 40 participants representing the younger generation of Switzerland’s top decision makers from business, politics, academia and civil society. Joined by distinguished Swiss and international leaders – among them former Swiss federal councillor Dr. Christoph Blocher as well as former Austrian chancellor and current head of the ÖVP parliamentary faction Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel – they discussed implications and perspectives of the Swiss People’s Party’s (Schweizerische Volkspartei, SVP) recently declared repositioning as an opposition force, braking with Switzerland’s tradition of consensus government by all major parties. Marked by an open, non-partisan debate, the forum especially focussed on how this new situation in Swiss politics will influence economic policy making.
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