On Friday the German parliament decides on the disputed tax agreement between Switzerland and Germany. Hardly anyone still believes in its approval. The aircarft noise dsipute is very disputet as well and meets with massive resistance in Germany. What is wrong in the relation between the two coutnries. Elisabeth Pestalozzi talked toThomas Borer.
While politicians are acting eagerly behind the scenes in Berlin for or against the agreement, the question arises: What could Switzerland still achieve on the diplomatic parquet? Statement from Thomas Borer, former Ambassador of Switzerland to Berlin.
He was our prominent Ambassador in Berlin. What are his propositions in order to achieve a tax agreement and find a solution to the aircraft noise dispute with Germany?
The special event of Migros Club School with distinguished individuals has invited former ambassador Dr. Thomas Borer to its Table Talk. Thomas Borer spoke about his experience as a diplomat, relations with the media and his transition to the private sector. He stressed the importance of building an maintaining a network of contacts.
The former ambassador to Germany talks about the difficult negotiations with Germany to conclude a tax agreement. For the negotiations with US authorities he is rather sceptical. Furthermore, he thinks that still more Swiss banks will come under scrutiny of American prosecutors. He also gives his assessment of presidential elections in the US.
Thomas Borer participated in this popular discussion forum in German television together with Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Hans Eichel, Sahra Wagenknecht, Christoph Butterwegge and Markus Söder. The topic was the euro crisis and its aftermath in Germany, Greece and France.
Dr. Thomas Borer expresses his regret over the resignation of Philipp Hildebrand as chairman of the Swiss National Bank and talks about the difficulty of Switzerland to build up strong personalities in international politics.
Thomas Borer talks about his career as Swiss diplomat, the media affair that led to his resignation as Swiss ambassador in Berlin and his transition to the private sector as a consultant.
Thomas Borer discusses with This Jenny and Daniel Binswanger on the topic "The top issues of 2009"
Thomas Borer discusses with Roger Köppel and Jean Ziegler on the topic "Switzerland: country without leadership?"