Swiss-EU talks find little room for negotiation

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Series Details 02.02.15
Publication Date 02/02/2015
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Switzerland and the European Union 'remain far apart' in their positions in negotiations over the 2014 vote to re-introduce quotas on EU immigrants, according to Swiss President (and Justice Minister) Simonetta Sommaruga who was in Brussels for a key meeting on the subject on the 2 February 2015.

The Swiss government presented a bill on the 11 February 2015 for new quotas on immigration from the European Union, a year after voters narrowly approved such curbs and put the country on a collision course with Brussels.

The reported on the 16 February 2015 a survey which showed that nearly half the Swiss population were ready to sacrifice bilateral agreements with the EU in order to implement the anti-immigration initiative that was passed in the referendum in February 2014.

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