'No link between military exercise and eurozone crisis'
The Swiss army sparked international headlines this week with an exercise dubbed “Stabilo Due” that took place on September 21. The simulation was reported to test the military’s response in the event of a eurozone meltdown. However, the Federal Department of Defence issued a statement to WRS saying that “there are no military operations being undertaken in preparation for possible instability in European Union countries.” A spokesman later clarified that the army created an imaginary world for Stabilo Due with different borders, and that no specific countries or governments were the focus of the scenario-driven exercise involving some 2,000 members of the military. WRS’s Alex Helmick talks to Alexandre Vautravers, head of the international relations department at Webster University in Geneva and editor-in-chief of the Swiss Military Review magazine, about what actually happened: