Swiss President opens Davos meeting heralding direct democracy
The Swiss president, Ueli Maurer, has opened the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, highlighting the values of direct democracy and the Swiss values of freedom and responsibility.
He also added Switzerland has a strong work ethic and pointed out the people rejected an extra week’s vacation time.
He says direct democracy may take longer to make decisions – but it allows a real dialogue between the people and the government.
Politicians and business leaders from all over the world are attending the meeting. It’s expected there will be around 1,500 private jets landing at airports around Davos, a new record according to the flight company Air Charter Service.