A kids’ puppeteer, the most right-wing politician in Switzerland and a former head of the World Bank walk into a bar…

Swiss football team sings Swiss Psalm, the Swiss national anthem
Sorry, that headline should read, “A kids’ pupeteer, the most right-wing politician in Switzerland and a former head of the World Bank all appear in this article I wrote for the New York Times on Switzerland’s competition for a new national anthem.” But it wouldn’t have been as snappy.
It’s the only article you’ll ever read about the contest revealing the rows going on in the jury because, er, they’ve now been banned from talking to journalists. Think that’s my fault.
One thing the piece doesn’t mention is that anyone can enter the contest. Yes, even you! You don’t have to be Swiss, have lived there, or even bought an overpriced beer in a Zurich cafe. You just have to be able to speak French, German, Italian or Romansch. So bloody good luck to you all!

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