How cartoonists view the relationship between Switzerland and the EU


Since the collapse of the framework agreement negotiations, relations between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) have stalled. asked five cartoonists from Switzerland and neighboring countries to illustrate this complicated situation.

This article was published on June 29, 2022 – 6:30 PM

Recently, the situation fell into the letters: first there was the European Commission including ten questions for the attention of the Federal Council, as a kind of expression of its dissatisfaction. Then a letter from the five major groups in the European Parliament to the European Commission, calling for the continuation of working relations with Switzerland. And now Swiss parliamentary groups are making a similar appeal to the Federal Council.

A bottle thrown into the dry sea

If further proof of the remarkable tightening of relations between Switzerland and Europe is needed, it can be found in this letter. The relationship hit the depths of the collapse of the framework agreement a year ago. The water is small and, on both sides, the political world throws bottles into the dry sea.

We can still find many images to illustrate this state of affairs, but there is no discipline that represents immobility in a more relevant way than the cartoon. The editorial staff of therefore asked five well -known cartoonists from Switzerland and abroad to describe the political constellation in one image.

Here’s what came out of it …



Anne-DerenneExternal link is a French cartoonist who has lived since 2009 in Madrid, Spain. His works have been published in titles such as Le Monde, Le Temps, Le Pèlerin under the pseudonym Adene. He also draws for various NGOs. Anne Derenne is a member of the French association of cartoonists Cartooning for Peace.

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Emanuele Del Rosso

Emanuele Del RossoExternal link publishes his illustrations in online magazines and newspapers around the world. Among the Italian clients are: The Japan Times, Le Monde, Courrier International, Alternatives Economiques, Le Temps and many more. Del Rosso is a member of the Cartoon Movement, one of the leading publishing platforms for quality political cartoons and comic book journalism. He is also a member of the cartoonist association Cartooning for Peace.

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Ruedi Widmer

From German -speaking Switzerland, Ruedi WidmerExternal link Drawing since 2000 for various Swiss titles, such as Tages-Anzeiger or the satirical magazine Titanic. Ruedi Widmer has published many books and written columns, especially for the weekly Wochenzeitung. For the newspaper in his hometown of Winterthur, he has been drawing the satirical format “The Last Secrets of a Rational World” for two decades, with more than 1100 series.

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Thomas Plassmann

Thomas Plasmann

Thomas PlasmannExternal link has been painting since 1986 for numerous magazines and newspapers. Today, the German collaborates with the daily newspapers Berliner Zeitung and Frankfurter Rundschau. He has published numerous books and received numerous awards, such as the “Prize for political caricature”.

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Jacques Vallotton

Jacques Valotton speaks FrenchExternal link It leaves a mark on Swiss imagery with its cartoon books and its works for cartoons. From 1985 to 2000, he was a cartoonist in the daily Le Matin. Since 2014, he has been drawing a political cartoon every Saturday for the daily newspaper 24 Heures.

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