Joseph Deiss

Joseph Deiss ( born January 18, 1946 in Freiburg, hometown entitled Barberêche [ dt Bärfischen ] and Zeihen ) is a Swiss politician ( CVP).

Work and family

After attending school in Freiburg Joseph Deiss studied economics and social sciences, and received his doctorate in 1973. From 1973 he taught economics at the University of Freiburg. He spent some time with research at King's College, University of Cambridge.

1983 Deiss was an associate professor in 1984, he was appointed as Professor of Economics and Economic Policy at the University of Freiburg. From 1996 to 1998 he was dean of the faculty there for Economic and Social Sciences. During his time at the university he was also Chairman of the Schumacher AG in Schmitten and Chairman of Raiffeisen Bank in Courtepin.

Joseph Deiss is married and has three children. He lived until May 2011 in Barberêche in the Canton of Fribourg, since in Freiburg.


His political career began in 1981 as Joseph Deiss deputy in the Grand Council of the Canton of Fribourg, which he was Chairman in 1991. From 1982 to 1996 he was also mayor of Barberêche.

1991 Deiss was elected to the National Council. From 1995 to 1996 he was Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Commission. From 1993 to 1996 Joseph Deiss also officiated as a price regulator Switzerland. He was then to 1998, President of the Commission for the total revision of the Federal Constitution.

In the by-elections of 11 March 1999 Deiss was elected to succeed Flavio Cotti in the Bundesrat. He was one of the three official candidates of the CVP, next Adalbert Durrer and Remigio Ratti. In the sixth round, he beat out the unofficial candidate Peter Hess. From 1999 to 2002, he stood in front of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. In 2003 he moved to the Department of Economic Affairs. After his party colleague Ruth Metzler -Arnold had not been re-elected at the Federal elections in 2003, Deiss was elected in her place as Federal President for the year 2004 - a year earlier than planned. April 27, 2006 Joseph Deiss announced his resignation on July 31, 2006. In the by-election of 14 June 2006, the Federal Assembly Doris Leuthard elected as successor of Joseph Deiss. Deiss was regarded as knowledgeable and balancing the Federal Council. His greatest success as Foreign Minister was Switzerland's accession to the UN. Most recently, he campaigned for a free trade agreement with the U.S. and a takeover of the Cassis -de- Dijon principle of the EU.

On 11 June 2010 Joseph Deiss was elected President of the UN General Assembly. He resigned the office at the beginning of the 65th session on 14 September 2010 for a period of one year. On September 12, 2011, he handed the office Nassir Abdulaziz al his successor -Nasser of Qatar.


Joseph Deiss occurred in the American animated series South Park. As a result, " Canada on Strike " ( Episode 4, Season 12 ) he conducts negotiations with the Canadians. For the first time to see it is at 2 minutes and 52 seconds. He is the first Swiss man who has made ​​it into the series.


  • Manuel d' économie politique, with Danielle Meuwly, 1994
  • Initiation à l' économie politique: analyze économique de la Suisse, 1982
  • Economie politique économique et politique de la Suisse, 1979
  • The regional adjustment process and regional monetary policy in 1978
  • La théorie of pure termes de l' échange International, 1971 ( thesis )