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Swiss-bashing hits new highs in EU: ambassador

Lyssandra Sears · 4 Jun 2012, 10:50

Published: 04 Jun 2012 11:13 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Jun 2012 10:50 GMT+02:00

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The Swiss ambassador to the EU has warned that the union is taking an increasingly aggressive stance against Switzerland amid deteriorating relations between Bern and some its closest allies.

Jacques de Watteville, the head of the Swiss EU mission, has warned in his latest report to the government that criticism of Switzerland has reached a new level in the EU, newspaper NZZ am Sonntag reported.

The introduction of immigration restrictions against eight Eastern European countries has enabled Switzerland’s critics to become more vocal, he said.

“It gives arguments, or at least a pretext, to openly criticize us,” de Watteville said in a report submitted to the foreign ministry.

The EU is seeking to develop a more offensive strategy against Switzerland, the report says.

Customs authorities in the EU were even encouraged to find ways to exert more pressure on the country, although this idea was abandoned for fear that harm could come to the EU itself, newspaper Tribune de Genève reported.

A campaign led by France and Germany, both of which are disgruntled at Switzerland’s attempts to restrict freedom of movement for EU citizens, is resulting in a harder line being taken against Switzerland.

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“In fact, the EU is hardening its position on a number of dossiers,” de Watteville said.

In particular, EU negotiators have become less flexible with regards to a deal for the liberalization of electricity markets. Uncertainty also remains as to the extent of funding to be received from the EU for forthcoming research projects.

Lyssandra Sears (news@thelocal.ch)

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2012-06-04 23:19:08 by Global Macro
It is elemental that for any country to protect its freedom, it must protect its borders and its culture. Switzerland is in the right. To appreciate the comments of the EU one must understand what their agenda is and the context in which they have taken these positions. Their goals are transnationalism, socialism, and consolidation of control in the EU and away from democratically elected governments. They want to destroy Swiss sovereignty and democracy. To accomplish that they must undermine and eventually eradicate anything that we would recognize as distinctly Swiss culture. Open immigration would help them to accomplish that goal. The question has become exacerbated by the fact that the European Union is an economic disaster on a biblical scale. Because of this, the EU’s next struggle will be to attempt to curtail emigration of capital and talented people from the Eurozone and to attempt to impose the costs of subsidizing Eurozone failures on others. Immigration is important in this context because the Swiss immigration policy would allow Switzerland to selectively accept fleeing capital while at the same time erect a barrier against the failures of the Eurozone. You must prepare for a very difficult and serious threat. I wish the very best for Switzerland.
2012-06-04 12:13:33 by smeghead
I think it is fair if switzerland restricts imergration, and makes it's own decisions, it is a democracy un like the EU which is not a real democracy
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