Foreign relations

Is Swiss efficiency only a myth ?

In Italian popular culture, Switzerland is perfectly efficient just as the watches it produces. Italian immigrants and cross-border workers tell stories of law, order and pristine cleanness.

However, after on 28 September 2003 a blackout involved virtually the whole of Italy, it was discovered that the first tile had fallen in Switzerland, where a tree had collapsed on the Lavorgo-Melten electric line.

Yesterday, when a passenger flight from Addis Ababa to Rome was hijacked to Geneva, the Swiss Air Force sent no plane to shadow it “due to budget cuts”. In the end, the plane had just been hijacked by one of the pilots, who was arrested. No passenger was harmed.

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