The rebellious Jura no longer exists

The rebellious Jura no longer exists
The rebellious Jura no longer exists

It would be wrong, however, to look only in the rearview mirror of a fight that is sometimes a little quickly mythologized. And since anniversaries also serve this purpose, let’s try to take stock of a unique experience in the Confederation, that of a community which self-determined by a popular vote to form a canton. In the “plus” column, the affirmation of an open identity – after the first years of a patriotic struggle with sometimes reactionary overtones – and generous in access to the right to vote. The Jura has shown itself to be a pioneer with a Constitution which will inspire other cantons, starting with neighboring Berne. Another success is that of economic viability. Delémont has more workstations than inhabitants. The thriving industry attracts nearly 10,000 cross-border workers, a third of the jobs. A success that is partly explained by Transjurane, obtained through hard work. With a theater that is always full, the cultural life is just as rich. Without forgetting the quality of life in the greenest region of the country.

In the “minus” column, the lack of diversification of the industrial fabric composed largely of subcontractors is worrying. Unlike neighboring Neuchâtel, the canton does not attract large groups. The ambition for cross-border cooperation too quickly fell into disuse. As for the inter-Jura relationship, which has calmed down since the Moutier vote, it is not good intelligence that characterizes it. Finally, there is the question of a State whose numbers have swelled, causing it to plunge into the red figures. The capacity for reform, like new projects, has dissipated.

Over the last fifty years, we have witnessed a slow “Swissization” of the last piece of the Confederation. If Jura stands out for its progressive votes in federal elections, its political fabric increasingly resembles that of its neighbors. The final stage of this normalization was the election to the Federal Council of Elisabeth Baume-Schneider. Isn’t its defense of minorities the last contribution of this young canton to Swiss politics? This could also be the wish to formulate for the next fifty years: that of a Jura which does not completely lose this little grain of madness which Switzerland sometimes needs so much.

Read also: The Jura, the exception to the Swiss “Sonderfall”
Finally read: Jura-style heist: how the outsider Elisabeth Baume-Schneider became federal councilor

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