«The attempt to establish a newer and more suitable type of conditions for cooperation requires a fertile imagination, as well as sufficient time». These were the words of Paul R. Jolles, Head of the Division of Trade, on the upcoming negotiations with the EEC. «The trickiest problem will no doubt be the organising of Switzerland’s institutional collaboration in the integration process»
«Es handle sich um eine sehr peinliche Angelegenheit, die ihm schon lange viele Sorgen mache», berichtete Paul Chaudet seinen Bundesratskollegen in der Sitzung vom 28. Februar 1964. Bei der Beschaffung der neuen Mirage-Kampfflugzeuge, führte der EMD-Vorsteher aus, sei es zu einer massiven Überschreitung des vom Parlament genehmigten Budgets gekommen.
The decisive step towards «Dodis 2.0» has been taken: in its continual efforts to renew the database, the research group of the DDS has brought together its front and back end technologies. Whereas so far, users only perceived small changes, «Dodis Reloaded» represents a definite milestone for the work of the research group.
On November 22, 1963, the U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Precisely when the news reached Bern, a dinner-reception was being held by Federal Councillor Hans Schaffner in honour of W. Michael Blumenthal, Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations of the U.S. Department of State.
From 1st to 5th October 2013, delegations from 5 continents came together for the 12th International Conference of Editors of Diplomatic Documents, which took place at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva. The high point of the Conference of Editors was the founding of the «International Committee of Editors of Diplomatic Documents».
Preparations are running at full speed: The research group of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland is in the midst of organising the 12th International Conference of Editors of Diplomatic Documents and the International Symposium «Diplomacy and Global Governance».
«Even if we keep out of World and European politics, that does not mean, that we are not interested in the events happening around us or that we try to avoid all responsibility», said Federal Councillor Max Petitpierre addressing the Swiss diplomatic corps in September 1953.
The renowned Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung, also known as the FAZ, has published a review of volume 24 of the DDS, which covers the years 1967-1969. Its author, Horst Möller, was the Director of the Institute of Contemporary History Munich-Berlin up to 2011, and Professor for Modern and Contemporary History at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich.
Mit Betroffenheit hat die Forschungsgruppe der DDS vom kürzlichen Tod von Prof. Dr. em. Walther Hofer erfahren. Durch seine Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus und des Zweiten Weltkriegs fand der Ordinarius für Neuere Allgemeine Geschichte an der Universität Bern weit über die Landesgrenzen hinaus Beachtung und Anerkennung.
The President of the Comittee overseeing the publication of the Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS), Prof. PhD Hans Ulrich Jost, will be giving a talk on 29 May 2013, on the subject «Neutrality – What else? From Brother Klaus to ‹fiscal neutrality›».