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These are the biggest truants in Parliament

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He was absent from around every fifth vote: “Weltwoche” editor-in-chief and National Councilor Roger Köppel.


One vote made the difference. Ironically, Roger Köppel (57), SVP National Councilor and President of the “EU-No” committee, was absent last June when the National Council voted on a controversial European policy initiative. The large chamber said yes – if Köppel had been there, the advance would have been off the table.

Rarely does a vote go so close. But Köppel’s absences are frequent. Blick has evaluated which parliamentarians have been absent from the Council most often since the 2019 elections. As from 2015 to 2019, Köppel is the number 1 truant. The “Weltwoche” editor-in-chief missed about every fifth vote in the National Council. In the past three years he has been absent 21 days without an excuse, which corresponds to 13 percent of the session time.

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