- Foreign policy
- International law
- Respect and promotion of international law
- The recognition of states and governments
The recognition of states and governments
It is important to distinguish between the recognition of states and the recognition of governments. This distinction is based on the view that a government is an instrument in the service of the state, which is an entity composed of a territory, a population and a public authority. Since the end of the Second World War, Switzerland, as a matter of principle, recognises only states and not governments.