Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr

I don’t see myself as the eighth federal councillor, but rather as the most senior civil servant. My power is limited, but I do have a certain influence. My role is to mediate, offer guidance and coordinate, and I can make proposals.

Walter Thurnherr, Federal Chancellor

Walter Thurnherr, Federal Chancellor since 1 January 2016 (photo Rolf Weiss, 2016).

Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr acts as the Federal Council's chief of staff. He supports the President and the Federal Council in the performance of their government duties. He attends the weekly meetings of the Federal Council in an advisory capacity along with the Vice Chancellors, but also has the right to table motions.