«Alas! Do you think, that the Great Powers will fight each other because of this local question?» This was the reply the Undersecretary of State of the German Foreign ministry, Arthur Zimmermann, gave the Swiss envoy Alfred de Claparède on July 20, 1914 to the question of an eventual outbreak of the war.
On June 27 1954, a covert operation carried out by the CIA overthrew the democratically elected president of Guatemala. It was one of the first large US intelligence service operations in Latin America. The coup d'état against Jacobo Árbenz, whose father had emigrated from Andelfingen (Zurich) to Guatemala, appeared also on the agenda of the Swiss diplomacy.
Mit «Die Geschichte der Schweiz» erschien im April 2014 nach über dreissig Jahren ein neues Standardwerk zur Schweizergeschichte. Sacha Zala, Direktor der Forschungsgruppe der DDS, hat als Mitglied des Autor/innenkollektivs an der Entstehhung des Sammelbandes mitgewirkt.
The Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland cordially invite you to the vernissage of volume 25 (1970-1972). The event will take place on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Federal Archives in Berne.
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«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».