Neutrality is an important pillar of Switzerland’s foreign affairs and security policy. Paired with other typically Swiss features such as political independence, a strong currency and an esteemed rule of law, it contributes to our country’s open and successful foreign trade policy.
However, amidst a battle between global powers and value systems, free trade is increasingly under pressure. More and more Switzerland finds itself pushed to take sides politically and economically. This poses great challenges for our country, its international-oriented economy and particularly its financial sector. Switzerland is called to draw the best possible conclusions.
Can we still consider the neutrality principle eligible? What about free trade in a politically and militarily fragmented world order? What do these developments mean for our export-oriented economy and especially for the Swiss financial centre?
We look forward to welcoming you to the 7th Private Banking Day in Basel and discuss these challenges and gripping issues with you and prestigious speakers.
Europe in an uncomfortable world
Impact on the business location and the neutrality policy
Assessment of the situation by the Federal Council
Federal Councillor Karin Keller-Sutter
Head of the Federal Department of Finance
Former Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany
President Basel Chamber of Commerce, National Councillor The Centre
Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St. Gallen
Chairwoman of the Executive Board,
Head of Global and Emerging Risks,
Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Member of the committee of the popular initiative for Swiss neutrality, former member of the National Council SVP
Managing Partner with unlimited personal liability Bordier & Cie
CEO Julius Baer