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Far-right party seeks to limit development aid

Lyssandra Sears · 9 Jul 2012, 09:29

Published: 09 Jul 2012 10:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Jul 2012 09:29 GMT+02:00

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The far-right Swiss People's Party wants to launch an initiative to limit the amount of development aid paid out to poorer countries.


The president of the Swiss People’s Party, Toni Brunner, expressed regret at the government's decision to increase development aid in an interview with newspaper SonntagsBlick.

The National Council has already approved a budget from 2013 to 2016 of 11.35 billion francs ($11.62 billion). This means that by 2015, 0.5 percent of Switzerland’s GDP would be spent on aid.

This figure is nevertheless below that proposed by a petition in 2008, when 200,000 people said Switzerland should dedicate 0.7 percent of its GDP to development aid.

“A level of 0.7 percent would not pass in parliament,” Jacques Neirynck from the Christian Democratic Party told newspaper Tribune de Genève reported.

Brunner would prefer to set a constitutional percentage limit on the amount of aid set aside by Switzerland, as well as a sum that should not be exceeded. The party has not yet proposed any exact figures.

Another SVP idea, rejected by parliament, was to link the amount of aid given to a particular country to the level of cooperation received from that country in dealing with returned asylum seekers.

Lyssandra Sears (news@thelocal.ch)

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Your comments about this article

2012-07-10 10:44:45 by smeghead
He has a point, when you look at countries like india for example, they have neuclear weapons, but fail to provide food for the people, plus they seem to have a lot of work put there way from places like switzerland. maybe just maybe some other places can help, like parts of africa, india etc, these places could also take people fleeing from there land, rather than just come to europe or nortamerica, it would help. just an idea
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