Christiane Brunner (politician, 1947)

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Christiane Brunner

Christiane Brunner (born March 23, 1947 in Geneva , resident in Egg ) is a Swiss politician ( SP ).


In 1969 Christiane Brunner was a founding member of the women's liberation movement (FBB). From 1976 to 1978 she worked as a lawyer at the Federal Social Insurance Office, from 1980 to 1989 in a law firm in Geneva.

From 1981 to 1990 Brunner was a member of the Geneva Cantonal Council , from 1982 to 1989 President of the Swiss Association of Public Service Personnel (VPOD), from 1983 to 1987 President of the Social Policy Commission of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland. In terms of trade unions , Brunner was president of the SMUV from 1992 to 2000 , and from 1994 to 1998 she was also co-president of the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions . In 1991 Brunner was elected to the National Council, where she was a member of the Commission for Social Security and Health and the Commission for Economy and Taxes.

Ruth Dreifuss and Christiane Brunner on March 8, 1993

In the Federal Council election on March 3, 1993 , Brunner was to succeed René Felber in the Federal Council as a candidate of the Social Democratic Party . The bourgeois parliamentary majority , however, chose their party mate Francis Matthey instead , which led to significant protests - especially by women. Matthey subsequently declined to accept the election. For the renewed election on March 10th, the SP presented two candidates, Christiane Brunner and Ruth Dreifuss - the latter was elected in the third ballot ( see also: Brunner Effect ).

In the 1995 election the former National Councilor Brunner was for the Canton of Geneva in the Senate voted - this belonged to 2007, when she in the election did not run. She took a seat in the Legal Commission, the Commission for Social Security and Health and the Commission for Foreign Policy and, from 1999, in the State Political Commission.

During a deep internal party crisis after Ursula Koch's departure , Christiane Brunner was elected her successor as SP party president in October 2000 and led the party until March 2004. She is perfectly bilingual.

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Individual evidence

  1. Angelika Hardegger and Simon Hehli, interview with Christiane Brunner, NZZ of November 26, 2019, p. 13, -pis-ld.1524145