19 December 2016

Implementation of the mass immigration initiative

The parliamentary resolution on the mass immigration initiative is controversial. SP, FDP, Greens, GLP, and BDP have come to an agreement on a proposal for the implementation which will secure the agreement on free movement of persons with the EU, but which contradicts the wording and mandate of the constitutional article in the mass immigration initiative adopted by the electorate. CVP and SVP resisted the union in vain, arguing that the popular will is not being implemented correctly. In the final vote on Friday, the National Council voted to amend the revision proposal by 98 votes to 67 with 33 abstentions. The idea of quotas, which was anchored in the Federal Council's preliminary draft as a compromise solution, was completely rejected by the parliament. Instead, they are proposing a priority for unemployed persons of certain professional groups registered with the unemployment agency.

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13 September 2016

Will Switzerland soon be researching alone?

"Scientists' fear is growing," headlined the NZZ recently. As a consequence of its adoption of the mass immigration initiative the EU has shut Switzerland out of the European research cooperation Horizon 2020 and the student exchange program Erasmus +. As a result, research and innovation in Switzerland is in danger of being sidelined. Numerous Swiss research projects are threatened with failure, and the attraction of Switzerland for talented foreign students could thus disappear. Should Switzerland not fully accept the Croatia Protocol by February 2017 they will entirely cease to be part of the programs and will only be considered as a third country.

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