Nidwalden federal politicians provide lively discussions

“Hans Piotr”

The review of the sessions with Peter Keller and Hans Wicki is characterized by lively discussions

Unity in the military, disagreement with gas. However, the trend in the national parliament annoys both Naldwald federal politicians. This became clear in the joint session review.

They are both experienced speakers and communicate their arguments emphatically. But during the last review of the session at the Gasthaus Schlüssel in Hergiswil, federal politicians Hans Wicki and Peter Keller expressed difficulties on one point: to end the one-hour event. The longer the review of the session on Saturday lasted, the faster the discussion gathered pace, especially the subject of the reform of occupational pension schemes (BVG), which was actually only marginally raised. Asked by one of those present, Hans Wicki explained how the reform worked out had to be revised in the Council of States (Wicki: “The Social Commission worked carelessly”) and why the parties never came to an agreement on the AHV and BVG issues.

Hans Wicki (left) and Peter Keller explained to the current topics they dealt with during the last summer session.

Photo: Irene Infanger (Hergiswil, June 18, 2022)

But occupational pensions were not really the subject of this morning. The hour took on its own lively dynamics, which in the beginning was still limited by the topics of financing the army and the immediate purchase of F-35 fighters. Presumably because the opinion was formed in the bourgeois camp.

“This is a noble goal to increase the military budget to one percent of gross domestic product by 2030. We can’t make it. “

emphasized Wicki. The signal sent is important and that the army gets more money so that it can do what it has to do. Two federal politicians from Nidwalden also agreed on the fighter procurement: voters agreed to a new plane within the budget. “I am absolutely convinced that the F-35 will come,” said Wicki. There was no objection.

Do we need a discount on gasoline prices?

On the other hand, FDP member of the Council of State Wicki and member of the SVP of the National Council Keller opposed each other in terms of the need to lower the price of gasoline. Peter Keller supported the relevant SVP initiatives and considered it appropriate to relieve the industry, especially the rural population, which is more dependent on the vehicle.

“I am very sorry that there was no majority. It would be an immediate, noticeable and concrete contribution to relieving people “,

underlined by the National Councilor Keller. He met not only with opposition in the National Council (all initiatives in this matter were rejected, as was the Council of State), but also on the part of Wicki. “I’m not sure it’s right if the state has to step into every problem.” The reduction has other effects, such as no road renovation or debt reduction. In fact, the increase in gasoline prices is a logical consequence of the 2050 Energy Strategy, for which the electorate was in favor.

“We’re excited together”

Before the discussion really heated up, Keller moved on to new initiatives in Parliament (glacier, landscape and health insurance). “Otherwise, we will not only have global warming,” said Keller with a smile. The understanding of democracy between them has converged again here. What stands in the way of Keller’s glacier initiative is that a decision is being made on a topic that has the same content as CO2a law that was then rejected. At the same time, he sees a trend in which extreme initiative is often opposed to indirect counter-proposition. If the initiative request is withdrawn, the counter-proposal takes effect without the public being able to make a decision.

“We are excited this time,” said Wicki. “This is an ugly change in domestic politics. Let the people decide. “After a quarter of an hour of overtime, federal politicians closed the review of the session. Then discussions continued – bilaterally.

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