What might have been

For the day that's in it.

Living in Switzerland, I'm often struck by how quintessentially European life here can be, in the most positive sense: public transport, rich culture, multilingualism, deep historical roots.

To some extent, I consider it more European than any one other EU country, but paradoxically aloof from Europe (without wanting to discredit Swiss individuality, or minimise the negative aspects of the country).

The thought that recurs: Switzerland today gives us a glimpse, however partial and illusive, of what France, Germany, Austria, Italy; Europe, might be like without having suffered two World Wars.

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