About: Swiss referendum

Swiss vote to tighten gun laws and stay in Schengen

The Swiss voted Sunday (19 May) to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the change could have threatened relations with the bloc.

Strong Swiss gun culture faces EU pressure

Switzerland, where gun culture has deep roots, has managed to avoid the charged national debates over firearm ownership that have consumed other countries.
Global Europe 30-04-2018

Most Swiss back plan for new treaty with EU

Most Swiss support the government's plan to forge a new treaty with the European Union that would have arbitration panels to help settle disputes, a poll published on Sunday (29 April) showed.
Climate change 22-05-2017

Swiss vote for renewable energy boost, ban on new nuclear plants

Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum yesterday (21 May).
Euro & Finance 14-02-2017

Will Switzerland end up on Brussels’ tax havens blacklist?

The ‘No’ vote in the Swiss referendum on tax reform was a big defeat for the government. Pressure from trading partners and big businesses will force Bern to come up with a new proposal, and fast. Euractiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 13-02-2017

Swiss voters soundly reject corporate tax overhaul

Swiss voters clearly rejected plans to overhaul the corporate tax system yesterday (12 February), sending the government back to the drawing board as it tries to abolish ultra-low tax rates for thousands of multinational companies without triggering a mass exodus.
Brexit 08-02-2017

Knowledge: A Swiss Army knife for Brexit?

The Swiss and British referendums of 2014 and 2016, respectively, share some parallels. The way the Alpine republic resolved its dispute about free movement offers a number of lessons as the date for making Brexit official looms ever nearer, writes Giorgio Clarotti.
Global Europe 23-12-2016

Juncker hails progress in EU-Swiss relations after immigration law

The European Commission on Thursday (22 December) welcomed progress in relations between the EU and Switzerland after Bern avoided a clash with Brussels by passing an immigration law that does not impose outright quotas.
Global Europe 03-11-2016

Merkel: No link between Swiss-EU deal and Brexit talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (2 November) that European Union talks with Switzerland on the free movement of people should not be linked in any way to the negotiations with Britain over its exit from the EU.
Elections 24-10-2016

Frassoni: Italians believe the EU abandoned them to the migration crisis

The Italian government is not losing support because it saves refugees. It is losing support because it is not perceived to be able to convince Europe to do more, says Monica Frassoni, the European Greens co-chair.

Swiss reject guaranteed basic income plan after ‘robot debate’

Swiss voters rejected by a wide margin yesterday (5 June) a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for everyone living in the wealthy country after an uneasy debate about the future of work at a time of increasing automation.
Brexit 15-03-2016

Brexit deal on EU migrants inspires Switzerland

A February deal allowing Britain to limit the free movement of workers coming from the European Union is giving ideas to the Swiss, who would like similar exceptions applied to their own relations with the 28 member bloc.

Swiss edge toward possible ‘Swexit’ from EU bilateral pacts

Switzerland threatened yesterday (4 December) to impose unilateral curbs on immigration should it fail to agree with the European Union on limiting the influx into a country where nearly a quarter of the population is foreign.

Steinmeier urges EU-Swiss talks on planned immigration quotas

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier yesterday (17 August) urged the European Union to negotiate with Switzerland on Bern's plans for new quotas on immigration from the bloc.

Swiss seek to avert EU immigration clash with ‘safeguard’ clause

The Swiss government hopes to negotiate for a right to cap immigration from the European Union so as to keep its access to EU markets when it writes into law a popular vote requiring strict limits on migration.
People walk in front of a banner for the gold initiative at the main train station in Zurich [Reuters]

Swiss reject new curbs on immigration, boosting gold reserves

Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected proposals yesterday (29 November) to boost gold reserves and impose strict new curbs on immigration, averting a potential nightmare for policymakers struggling with a popular backlash against the country's open borders.

Swiss business leaders campaign against limiting immigration

Prominent Swiss business leaders and politicians urged the country on Sunday to reject a referendum next month that aims to impose strict limits on immigration, warning that the measure would damage the economy.

Swiss private sector expresses concern over ‘self-isolation’

Switzerland's business elite published an appeal in a Swiss newspaper Sunday (12 October) to save the country's accords with the European Union from unravelling, due to a vote earlier this year to curb immigration from the bloc.
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Global Europe 30-04-2014

Commission ‘acknowledges’ Swiss backtracking on immigrations curbs

Switzerland will grant workers from Croatia access to its labour market in a bid to kickstart treaty negotiations with the EU that were frozen after Swiss voters approved curbs on immigration. The Commission ‘acknowledged’ the move, but added that a longer-term solution was needed to mend the effect of the Swiss anti-immigration February referendum.

Switzerland backtracks on immigration curbs

Switzerland will grant workers from Croatia access to its labour market in a bid to kickstart treaty negotiations with the EU that were frozen after Swiss voters approved curbs on immigration. The Commission ‘acknowledged’ the move, but added that a longer-term solution was needed to mend the effect of the Swiss anti-immigration February referendum.

Merkel advises against hasty EU penalties to Switzerland

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned today (18 February) against rushing to retaliate against Switzerland for its vote to curb immigration, saying Europe's own interests were best served by waiting to see how the Swiss implement the referendum result.
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Global Europe 17-02-2014

EU suspends education, research talks with Switzerland after anti-immigration vote

The European Union said yesterday (16 February) it had postponed negotiations with Switzerland on its participation in multibillion-dollar research and educational schemes, after Berne said it could not sign in its present form an agreement to extend the free movement of people to Croatia, the newest EU member.

Switzerland gets first penalty for immigration vote

The European Union said yesterday (16 February) it had postponed negotiations with Switzerland on its participation in multibillion-dollar research and educational schemes, after Berne said it could not sign in its present form an agreement to extend the free movement of people to Croatia, the newest EU member. 
Global Europe 12-02-2014

Switzerland to table immigration quota law by yearend

The Swiss government said today (12 February) it would draw up a draft law to limit immigration by the end of the year, after Swiss voters narrowly backed proposals to curtail the number of migrants from the European Union.

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