If the right offered the Greens a PS seat in the Federal Council after the 2023 legislative elections, the environmentalist party would refuse it, warns its president. “Our goal […] is not to enter the government at all costs and to torpedo our alliance with the PS”.
“We are claiming this seat to advance the ecological cause and, to achieve this, we need two socialists”, explains Balthasar Glättli in an interview broadcast on Saturday by the French-speaking newspapers of the Tamedia press group.
We shouldn’t get into that game.
Balthasar Glättli, President of the Greens
If a Green were to be elected instead of a Socialist, he would ask him to refuse his election. “We must not enter into this game”, which only aims “to harm the left”.
The president of the Greens, however, continues to claim a seat on the federal executive. “It is unacceptable that the PLR and the UDC have an absolute majority in the Federal Council, while they do not have a majority either in parliament or among the population”.
As for the 2023 legislative elections, Mr Glättli’s objective is to maintain the 2019 score of 13.2% of the vote, “or even exceed it”. The Zurich national councilor is delighted with the current momentum, the party having recorded the arrival of almost 20% additional members in two years.