The yes to the Lex Netflix is clear: 58.4 percent of the voters backed the new film law. Swiss filmmakers will soon have around CHF 18 million more at their disposal each year.
Matthias Müller (29), President of the Jungfreisinnigen and the driving force behind the referendum, speaks of a “respectable success”: Despite the difficult starting position with over 70 percent approval in Parliament, they had successfully held the referendum.
It wasn’t enough for a no, but: “The result shows that the population also looked at the law more critically.” And that’s why he’s firmly convinced: The Young Liberals are well on the way to becoming the strongest young party in Switzerland.
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“The worst political opponent of the Juso”
The Juso has borne this title up to now – which is why ex-FDP President Philipp Müller (69) once wanted an equally loud and committed offspring.
Now he’s here, this offspring – and is increasingly contesting the young left’s place at the top of the young parties. “We are certainly the worst political opponent of the Juso,” said Matthias Müller. Under today’s SP National Councilor and former Juso President Tamara Funiciello (32), the party had “another drive,” he says. The numbers would prove: “We are at least as strong.”
They can also keep up with the big ones
The political competition concedes to Müller: The Young Liberals are well positioned when it comes to collecting funds for referendums and initiatives, as Marc Rüdisüli (24), President of the Junge Mitte, says. However, the success of young parties cannot be measured by voting slogans, says Ronja Jansen (27), President of Juso. She is not worried that the Jungfreisinn will replace the Juso at the head of the young parties: “We are still the most present young party.”
But the Young Liberals aren’t just competing with Juso – they’re also always a thorn in the side of the parent party. The Jungfreisinnigen, then still under President Andri Silberschmidt (28), were at the forefront of the No-Billag referendum campaign – even though the FDP had decided to say no. With the film law, the youngsters even managed to turn the attitude of the parent party into a no.
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Eligible for a referendum – in contrast to the FDP
So the young liberals can definitely play along with the big ones. The FDP, on the other hand, has been sluggish in recent years. The popular initiative for a bureaucracy stop failed in 2012 in the collective study, and the initiative for the introduction of individual taxation is also making poor progress.
It’s different for the next generation: in 2018 they were able to submit a referendum against the Gambling Act, and their next referendum campaign is coming up soon: they successfully submitted the pension initiative with 145,000 signatures.
The mother party is also aware of its increasing political clout, says Matthias Müller: “They are proud of what we have achieved. Ultimately we are a team and both fight for a liberal Switzerland. »