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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 02:15 PM
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Rightwing attack (in Switzerland) on EU policy fails
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/politics/Rightwing_attack_o...

"on Thursday it (the Swiss House of Representatives) rejected calls by the rightwing Swiss Peoples Party for limits on immigration and on imports from the EU as well as the formal withdrawal of Switzerlands application for full membership in the 27-nation bloc.

The special debate on relations between Switzerland and the EU was launched by the Peoples Party, which has made Europe a key issue of its campaign for Octobers parliamentary elections.

It came amid increasing public concern about what is considered the negative impact of two major bilateral treaties between Brussels and Switzerland: an agreement on free access to each others labour market known as the free movement of people accord and membership in the European single border area (Schengen/Dublin treaty).

The Swiss economy depends on immigration from the EU and our prosperity is defined by a constructive partnership with the EU, said Schneider-Ammann, who pledged to crack down on abuses of the labour treaty, notably companies undercutting agreed salary levels."
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 04:52 PM
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1. What does "Switzerlands application for full membership" mean?
As far as I can tell, the EU itself hasn't heard of that:

Candidate countries
Croatia
Iceland
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Montenegro
Turkey

Potential candidates
Albania
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kosovo under UN Security Council Resolution 1244
Serbia

http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/candidate-countries/ind...
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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 05:27 PM
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2. Apparently they applied for membership in 1992, but it is dormant now.
"(Foreign Minister) Calmy-Rey successfully fought off renewed demands for a withdrawal of Switzerlands 1992 application for EU membership, saying the document no longer had legal value."
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