Without government support would probably not survive an Airline, said Swiss Chef Thomas Klühr a month ago, to Sunday views. He addressed an urgent appeal to Bern: “I hope the Federal Council knows what the Switzerland on the Swiss.”

On Wednesday outlined the Federal President Simonetta Sommaruga, for the first time a rescue scenario. Details to follow at the end of April. It is now clear: It’s about bridging loans with a state guarantee – in the billions.

help without concessions

Airlines and airports are satisfied. Also because in the designs, something is missing, there was talk in the run-up to concrete climate goals. Such as Green, SP and environmental organizations had asked the Federal Council to establish the “state aid for aviation to be effective and binding climate policy conditions”. The climate-damaging industry for around 20 percent of CO2 emissions in Switzerland.

It sounds in fact tempting: You could force the lying on the ground air travel to make concessions that you would accept never – for example, a kerosene tax. It’s a question of whether or not economic assistance should be linked to political concerns. Especially since the Federal Council could distribute its state aid for the Airlines by emergency legislation.

climate protection has high priority

Although the climate protection have high priority, emphasized the President of the Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga in the Sunday views-the Interview. Now, however, it is not climate policy, but the protection of jobs and the connection of the country to the world. Do you mean: state AIDS, and political concerns to be dealt with separately.

Ironically, the most prominent climate researchers in the country, Reto Knutti, says: “I understand the temptation to establish measures to rescue the economy conditions for climate goals.” Climate policy decisions would have to be over a long period of time from the Parliament and the population support, the ETH-Zurich Professor. “I think it would be a problem, if this would be taken in the emergency legislation.” In addition, the policy instruments to combat climate change are, such as a kerosene tax, highly controversial.

change the travel industry after the pandemic

climate politicians insist that “the liquidity will subject to help the air travel to climate targets”, such as Green-President Regula Rytz said, if the rescue package is yet to come into Parliament. It was useless, the air travel with a structure to support the measures, because the travel industry is going to change after the Corona-pandemic anyway, fundamentally.

Also, the aviation expert Andreas Wittwer of the University of St. Gallen believes that a change in the industry, however, with negative consequences for the climate. Because it will take up to three years for the air travel was profitable again, so Wittwer. “You will be able to be less innovative in the development of synthetic fuel, which is the only climate-friendly Alternative to kerosene, to be slowed down.”

Sommaruga tried to address such Concerns. It refers to the CO2 act, which is addressed in the summer in the Parliament. Especially in the field of air travel, this will go far but too little, find climate researchers Knutti. “This is just a drop in the bucket.” He feared that after the crisis economic issues are in the forefront in the debate on climate change, the importance of losing – although the science is currently experiencing a Boom. Knutti hopes but: “If, after the crisis data and facts have to be taken more into account, one could tackle problems of climate change at an early stage.”


The Coronavirus currently holds the world in suspense. Many countries are taking measures such as Closing schools or limiting public events, to prevent the spread. In Switzerland, too, the grass, the Virus magnetized. All of the current information and Figures around the topic there is in the Coronavirus-Ticker.

I Have the corona virus or just the flu?

The Coronavirus spreads further – also in Switzerland. Especially in the flu season, you can assess for yourself whether one is ill with the Coronavirus, or whether you just have an ordinary flu. The differences are subtle, but they exist. VIEWS is defined.

protection against Coronavirus

recommendations of the Federal office for health, how you can protect yourself:


wash your hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a Hand sanitizer. Don’t sneeze, you Sneeze into the hands, or cough in a handkerchief; or if you have none, in the bend of your elbow. Handkerchiefs to dispose of properly: paper towels, should be disposed of after use in a closed waste bin. You stay in fever and cough necessarily at home.

contact minimize

Stay home and avoid wherever possible contact with people. You go only in the following exceptional situations, out of the house: the food doctor shopping or pharmacy visit / the home office is for your job not possible / you have to help other people. You keep if possible 2 meters distance to your fellow human beings, for example, in a line or at meetings. Avoid contact with people breathing or have a cough. You avoid public transport. You can be all that is possible to home deliver. Important: No welcome kiss, no hugs, no shaking hands.

stay Informed

Note the local instructions and recommendations. Strictly to the rules and announcements of the authorities. Infoline Coronavirus: 058 463 00 00, 24 hours a day available Info-page of the BAG: bag-coronavirus.

when should the ch one to the doctor?

do not Go out in the symptoms (difficulty breathing, cough, or fever) in the Public and contact you immediately – first by phone, a Doctor, a doctor or a health care facility.


remains The Situation until Further notice. The Federal government informed in regular intervals about the current developments. It applies now more than ever: peace and quiet preserved, and the thing in common to serve.