Corona pandemic, EU negotiations and leadership skills: Christoph Blocher answered questions from the 20-minute community in a 20-minute live talk.

The full length talk with Christoph Blocher.

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  • The community was able to ask Christoph Blocher questions.

  • 20 minutes visited the former Federal Councilor in his office in Herrliberg.

  • You can see the most important questions and answers here in the videos.

How does Christoph Blocher judge federal politics in the corona crisis? Where does the 81-year-old former Federal Councilor see room for improvement? Blocher no longer has an official office in the SVP party, but is still present and now wants to fight again against the new framework agreement with the EU.

As part of the “Live from the boss's office” series, 20 Minuten met Christoph Blocher in his office in Herrliberg on Wednesday lunchtime. Blocher answered questions from the 20-minute community.

You can see the most important questions and answers from the live chat here in the videos:

« That went in the direction of dictatorship »

Are you satisfied with the Federal Council during the Corona crisis? “It wasn't a good beginning, it was headless,” says Christoph Blocher. Alain Berset paid too much attention to his reputation and so did the experts. “That is poison in the crisis,” says Blocher.

“We need a corona general”

Where do you see the greatest potential for improvement at the Federal Council? “First of all, you need someone in charge, like the general in the war,” says Blocher. This must be able to resolve well-founded applications to the government.

«You wanted to ruin my business»

Ivan asks how Christoph Blocher is coping with the hatred against him? “Doubts are part of it, but not because they pour dirt over your head,” says Blocher. Other politicians wanted to ruin his business because he had become too powerful. «You have to go through it, but they don't have that much power to kill you», says Blocher.

“Many found my voting a dirty game”

Andreas asks whether Blocher still worries about being voted out of the Federal Council in 2007? “No, but I'm sorry I couldn't do what I planned to do for the next four years.” But he and the party benefited from being voted out of office. Many people would have thought it was a dirty game to vote out.

“If the EU wants to attack Switzerland with the army, it should just come”

Veronica asks how Switzerland can still be independent in today's world? “That was what they said 30 years ago. Switzerland is doing so well because it didn't go to the EU, ”says Blocher. If the EU wants to attack Switzerland with the army, they should just come, said Blocher. Then the whole world would see the EU suppressing a freedom-loving people.

“As an EU citizen, you can no longer decide for yourself”

Malina wants to know whether Christoph Blocher can still feel what the younger generation wants at his age. “I have four children and twelve grandchildren, I can feel what they want, but do you have to fulfill their every wish?” Says Blocher. A Switzerland that can make its own decisions is important for young people.

Entrepreneurs, politicians, art collectors

Christoph Blocher looks back on a long career. As a student in the legal department of EMS-Chemie, he quickly made his career and in 1983 took over the majority of the shares in the company, which is now run by Blocher's daughter Magdalena Martullo-Blocher.

Blocher's political career led over miles from the local council the National Council to the Federal Council. From 2004 to 2007 Christoph Blocher was head of the Justice and Police Department (FDJP). In December 2007 the SVP magistrate was voted out. Such a vote has only happened four times since 1848. Christoph Blocher has been the publisher of numerous free newspapers since 2017.

Christoph Blocher is also an art lover and collector. He has an extensive collection of masterpieces of Swiss painting from the 19th and 20th centuries. Blocher owns many works by Ferdinand Hodler, Albert Anker and Alberto Giacometti.

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