Federal Council, Head of Department of Justice and Police – EJPD
Between cooperation and borders
It was and remains in Switzerland’s interest to forge alliances in order to fight for both our independence and our prosperity. However, it is also in our interest to set boundaries where we consider these to be necessary. Globalisation has put an end to the logic of the two Cold War blocs. Everything is moving more quickly and less safely, whether in business or in politics. Today more than ever, it is crucial that Switzerland finds the right compromise for our interests between boundaries and cooperation.
Karin Keller-Sutter, trained as a translator/interpreter and middle-school teacher, began her political career in 1992 as a councillor in Wil (St. Gallen), later entering the St. Gallen Cantonal Parliament and the cantonal government. From 2011 she represented the canton St. Gallen in the Council of States, over which she presided in 2017 and 2018.