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'Blessing' not to be in EU: Swiss poll

Lyssandra Sears · 24 May 2012, 10:26

Published: 24 May 2012 10:53 GMT+02:00
Updated: 24 May 2012 10:26 GMT+02:00

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A survey has found that the Swiss are even less in favour of joining the EU than they were last year.


The survey, carried out by the MIS Research Institute in Lausanne, has found that 82 percent of Swiss people are against accession talks with the EU, preferring instead to remain with the current bilateral treaty arrangements, newspaper Tages Anzeiger reported.

This figure is up from 72 percent last year, and will be the subject of a discussion on Thursday at the “Forum des 100” in Lausanne, which has invited some 850 guests, including Federal Councillor for the Free Democratic Party of Switzerland, Simonetta Sommaruga.

The survey was conducted with 507 people from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, 500 from the French part, and 200 from the Ticino. 300 executives were also interviewed across the country, both Swiss and foreign, working in politics, business, culture and government.

While some 54 percent of the business leaders thought that membership of the EU would give Switzerland a chance to help shape Europe, only 24 percent of the population shared this opinion. More than half of the population felt that accession to the EU would weaken Switzerland’s economic performance in comparison with only 40 percent of the executives surveyed.

Overall, 64 percent of the population and 51 percent of the executives viewed Switzerland’s position outside the EU as a “blessing”.

The study also found that 58 percent of participants aged between 18 and 29 years thought that Switzerland should not allow an automatic tax data exchange with the EU, compared with only 46 percent of people aged over 60 years. Just over half of the executive group thought that Switzerland should not exchange the data automatically.

Approximately 46 percent of both the population and the executives thought that Switzerland was doing enough to protect banking secrecy, whereas 36 percent of the population and 30 percent of the executives believed that Switzerland should be doing more.

Lyssandra Sears (news@thelocal.ch)

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Your comments about this article

2012-05-26 15:12:43 by HoppSuisse
The reason why we have the CHF pegged to the € is to be able to trade with our neighbors (EU). If the CHF gets too strong we will not be able to to business.

Here is how it works, when the CHF gets too strong we print up out of thin air (electronically create) CHF and buy € to drive the value of CHF down in the market place. Hopefully we use the acquired € to buy their gold. When the € crashes (as all fiat currencies in history eventually have ) we will unpeg the CHF and have gold to back it.

It is a race to the bottom with the currencies, including the CHF, what is important is to not be in debt and invest in infrastructure and intrinsic wealth along the way. Our advantage is that we own our currency and Central Bank. Compare this to the US and England where their currencies are created through debt to a private central bank, thus money is not wealth but it is debt. Plus we are a Direct Democracy so we can say how much money is created. When the people control the money supply it is a Democracy, when the corporations/Banks control it that is called Fascism, when a central government controls the currency it is Communism, when one person controls money it is a Dictatorship. Ciao

2012-05-26 14:40:07 by HoppSuisse
The Swiss banks have NOT aided in tax evasion.
Last year, for example, the banks collected over 500 million € in taxes from foreigners that have accounts here. Obviously the foreigners did not put their money in a Swiss bank to evade taxes when the (withholding) tax rate here is higher then in their own countries. The reason they bring their money here is because they are afraid they will lose their money at their home country through confiscation and currency devaluation (through printing and money/debt creation, inflation). See for yourself;

In contrast the US does not collect taxes from foreigners in its banks and stocks and so the US is the largest tax haven in the world. The US and England have about 50% of the international banking of the world (between them) and Switzerland has only about 6 %.

It is true that our banks have had some customers that have immorally and illegally obtained the funds but we do try to screen them. Compare this to the US where no one asks where the funds have come from and NO tax is ever withheld. And I agree with you that banking privacy here is in decline, many are going to Singapur and Hong Kong or Dubai for privacy. However to say that Swiss banking privacy is immoral is to be ignorant of the way the worlds banking system and money system (reserve currency, SWIFT, fractional banking, etc. ) works.

2012-05-25 15:22:16 by Sonzier
Banking secrecy in itself is no bad thing - but it depends what it is used for. That it was, without doubt, used by a number (some would say virtually all) of unscruplious Swiss bankers to deliberately aid tax avoidance is of very questionable legality and indeed, morality. Swiss nationals have to ask themselves quite how much of their national wealth is based on decades of what certainly the outside world considers to be built of the pillars of greed and dishonesty. Switzerland is not alone is such behaviour, but like it or not, it has been targeted and as a country, it will have to get used to the fact the "glory days" are over. Indeed, I would go further and suggest that with the end of Switzerland as a centre of banking and financial "excellence" and tourists fast realising that the country is overpriced and overcooked, the long term decline has commenced already. Dont think it will happen? It will, because the Swiss themselves do not believe it ever could and therein is the seeds of disaster.
2012-05-25 13:00:34 by dirving71
@ HopeSuisse, Agree with you totally about the EU. The Swiss people should also ask their leaders why their currency remains pegged to the Euro--a currency that is doomed to fail any day now.
2012-05-24 12:14:14 by HoppSuisse
It is amazing that there are still any people who do not understand that the EU economy is collapsing around us.

Equally amazing is that people still follow the politicians that tried to lead us into the EU.
And now these same people are trying to destroy our privacy rights.

We must have the strength to stand up against our own politicians that would give away our FREEDOM of Banking privacy. Jail those who break our laws and start with Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf who wants us to change our laws in order to surrender our freedom to the US/EU banking system.
Before we vote in new leaders we need to ask 2 questions;
1 – Did you support joining the EU?
2 – Did you not speak up against breaking the banking privacy laws?

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