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Viola Amherd – this woman packs in the male Bastion

without a Fight you do not want to accept their fate. As the Federal Council made last December, the Department of distribution and Viola Amherd realized that only the defense Department (VBS) would be left, demanded a vote. Not to the decision as to avert, but in order to create transparency. If your colleagues aufbrummten her this Job, then this should at least be recognizable. The VBS, a criminal task. So it signs the Federal Council, sources close to the.

Almost five months later, Viola Amherd sitting in a Berne-based media conference, and speaks so matter-of-factly about your most important project, the purchase of new fighter jets, that you could forget what a break meant your office. For Viola Amherd; after thirteen years in the Federal house, the top she was actually already on the way home in the direction of the Lötschberg, as at 5. December was chosen as the successor of Doris Leuthard. With the army they had never. "The military is new territory for me," she said of the "Schweizer illustrierte".

A turning point Amherds office, but it was as much for the VBS. The Department head is not for the first time in almost 25 years, the SVP has, for the first time in living memory, no experience in military service, and for the first time ever a woman.

a woman among men: Viola Amherd at the delegate Assembly of the Swiss officer's society in the monastery of Einsiedeln. (Keystone, 16. March 2019)

Nevertheless, or straight therefore, the expectations of Viola Amherd were particularly large. Finally a true outside perspective. A Boss without the cliques and the stable smell.

clean up and grab you, need the a found. The other hoped for a civil-shoulder-to-shoulder, and a stronger army. But what Viola Amherd want? What does this mean for the army? And what of Switzerland?

groping for the fighter jet decision

The question marks have not dissolved yet completely. This, along with Amherds style. He is shown in a direct comparison with Karin Keller-Sutter pointedly: The FDP Minister of justice entered the Federal Council room in January, with an unconditional claim to power. She draws all attention and gives the government the line. Sometimes by decisions by the Federal Council participates in Interviews to pre-empt the.

in Contrast, is Viola Amherd, so to speak, into the office. Public appearances were rare, their Comments reserved. The traditional 100-day media conference had to be She. There is nothing to say, explained to you in the Department. As the army chief announced his health-related resignation, sass Amherd lost a bit of the mark.

Also, your main Dossier, the purchase of new fighter jets, groped with the utmost care. As the time to Decide a plan of your required ordered you second opinions by external experts. The yesterday presented reports from the previous Foundation of the procurement process to confirm.

"you understood that you can't achieve more, when you make so much noise."Karl Vogler, CSP-national Council OW

trust the experts in your Department miss? Or she wanted to gain time? Both wrong, says Viola Amherd. "If we want to convince the people from the purchase of new fighter jets, it needs a credible foundations and transparency. Internal studies have always the appearance of partiality." However, even now Amherd don't want to specify still, how much money you calls for new fighter jets, and which template is allowed to judge the people someday. Before the summer holidays, she wanted to decide, says Amherd. You are aiming for a referendum in the second half of 2020.

Video: Claude Nicollier of the Federal Council advises He was himself a former military pilot: Claude Nicollier, will present his report at a media conference of the VBS. Video: VBS

But silence and a standstill should not be confused. Amherd has already sent out some of the smaller signals, the major changes to announce. Of particular concern to the integrity of your employees is your: army cadres, it is said now to be in the lobby of occasions of fighter jet manufacturers to be pampered. The commander was sharpened by the army chief in person, to check their troops for potential conflicts of interest.

"Viola Amherd has always been a – in a positive sense – Quietly-kicker," says CSP-Nationalrat Karl Vogler, one of her closest companions from the Parliament. But that's not why you have effected in the policy is less than others. On The Contrary. "She has understood from an early age that you can't achieve much more, if you make so much noise."

more Accessible than Parmelin

Interestingly, in the case of the officers. In mid-March, she attended the Assembly of delegates of the Swiss officer's society. She was more accessible than its predecessor, tell participants. Interested also. While Guy Parmelin in troops to visit, and a squad of occasions, hardly ever the protective circle of his Entourage ends left to go Amherd open to the people, says a senior officer. Sometimes the soldiers even the iPhone in the Selfie-appointment.

poor followers also like the idea that it is a politician of the CVP will be better able to win majorities for the most important arms in-kind transactions in the coming years. In particular of course for the fighter jet purchase.

"The fight against the purchase of new fighter jets will tend to be more difficult, because Amherd in the middle of matters better than their predecessors in the VBS." Jo Lang, Alt-Nationalrat, and a Board member of the group for a Switzerland without an army

the poor critics, the output, see the situation differently: "of The factor Amherd has for us, advantages and disadvantages," says Jo Lang, Alt-Nationalrat, the Green party and member of the management Board of the group for a Switzerland without an army. "The fight against the purchase of new fighter jets will tend to be more difficult, because Amherd in the middle of matters better than their predecessors in the VBS." At the same time, Long-expected, however, that the debate with Amherd is objectify. "If it's not always about the principle of "army – Yes or no?", comes to meet us. This was shown by the vote on the Gripen."

Reconciled with her new role in the VBS, it has, not least, a biographical experience, as a Person from the environment of Viola Amherd told. In September 1993, occurred after heavy rain the Saltina cases, on the shore and devastated large parts of the brig's old town. The army and the civil defence were busy working up until Christmas with cleanup. Viola Amherd, which had shortly before been elected to the brig city government, experienced first hand the importance of population protection, and the Interaction of the security agencies.

Insofar as it has their predecessors on the VBS-tip, maybe even a little ahead of: she knows the case better than some of the Brigadier. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 03.05.2019, 07:28 PM

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