Exciting hostage and lesson on globalization: The Swiss "Tatort: Friss or dies" raised interesting questions.
When Flückiger and Ritschard investigate Sunday crime, the "scene of crime" usually already knows before the first body: it will be another 90 minutes. "Eat or die," but was exciting as long as it was no more from Lucerne. This was not only because of the exciting staged hostage in the luxury pile high above Lake Lucerne – but also because of a discussed discussion: Should the Chinese take jobs away from us?
What was it about?
To exactly 567,840 euros: So much money would extort the unemployed Mike Liebknecht (Misel Maticevic) from Swiss Coal CEO Anton Seematter (Roland Koch). After all, he had found it for 20 years at his pension, if the employer had not gone bankrupt. Liebknecht believed that this was due to Seematter, which now produces a component for its company in the Far East because it is cheaper there. In this way Liebknecht got access to Seematters property, took his wife Sofia (Katharina von Bock) and daughter Leonie (Cecilia Steiner) hostage and finally Seematter herself. At one time, Commissioners Reto Flückiger (Stefan Gubser) and Liz Ritschard (Delia Mayer), who actually found in a murder, by virtue of the angry unemployed.
Job relocation to China – is that really a big problem?
Everything sounds much better in English. "Offshoring" – this is where the word "coast" comes in, because one thinks more of a vacation in the Caribbean than unemployment. Behind the term, however, there is nothing but moving of jobs abroad. Especially after China, many jobs have disappeared in the years since the economic opening of the country from the 80s. Studies from recent years show that jobs for low-skilled workers have been transferred to China and other (mostly Asian) low-wage countries. Numbers, how many jobs have been reduced because of this in this country, are not. However, the fact that unemployment has not been permanent is considered to be secured.
In addition, a new trend has been observed for some years now: "Backsliding" is now the term hour. Jobs that were once outsourced to China are now being brought back to their own country. The reasons are many. For example, production in China has long been less favorable than it was in the 1990s – wages are rising sharply in the Middle Kingdom, creating a prosperous middle and upper class, and the country no longer wants to be the world workbench. It also seems to many companies that cheap is not as good – for example, the cozy toy manufacturer Steiff has not produced in China for some years, because the quality was not there. In addition to this, the high transport costs and the long delivery times for goods produced in China are. That the Chinese "take away" the jobs from us is thus little more than a populist adventure.
Roland Koch doesn't actually play a commissioner in the "crime scene"?
Roland Koch (no, not the German politician) may well be known not only to burgher theater visitors, but also to loyal Tatort gobblers: Koch, who this time played the villain Anton Seematter, was from 2012 to 2015 in Lake Constance "Tatort" as Swiss colleague of Konstanz investigators Blum (Eva Mattes) and Perlmann (Sebastian Bezzel) to see. He was Matteo Lüthi at that time – and replaced Stefan Gubser by all people before he got his own territory as Reto Flückiger in Lucerne. Reverse world in Lucerne!
What's next with the Lucerne crime scene?
In the coming year, two episodes from Lucerne will be shown, say the two investigators Ritschard and Flückiger from the screens. However, Switzerland is still part of the "crime scene" map; will be decided in the future in Zurich. However, details of the occupation are not yet known.
The latest Swiss crime film was broadcast on Sunday 30 December at 8:05 am on SRF 1. With Swisscom TV Replay you can watch the program up to seven days after the broadcast.
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