Country Forecast Switzerland Updater

  • ID: 2101437
  • January 2016
  • Region: Switzerland
  • 18 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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The right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) won a resounding victory at the October 18th general election. Emboldened by its performance, the party will continue to challenge political consensus, but will not compromise stability. The SVP's capacity to unsettle Swiss politics was highlighted by debate over a limit on EU immigration.

On December 9th the SVP also won a second cabinet post, at the expense of the Conservative Democratic Party (BDP). Both the SVP and its main rival, the Social Democratic Party (SP), are present in the seven-member government, along with the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Christian Democratic Party (CVP).

Switzerland's relations with the EU will be strained by the SVP's greater influence in parliament and the success of a 2014 referendum on limiting immigration from the bloc. The EU has dismissed the government's draft proposals for implementing the decision as irreconcilable with a bilateral agreement on the free movement of people. Six other bilateral accords with the EU (concerning mutual access to other key markets, public procurement and agriculture, as well as aspects such as technical barriers to trade and research) are now also at risk. However, the EU and Switzerland are exploring legal provisions within the bilateral agreement that could allow the referendum result to be enforced. A new referendum on the issue is also possible in late 2016 or in 2017.

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Country Forecast Switzerland Updater

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Country forecast overview: Switzerland's business environment at a glance
Policy towards private enterprise and competition
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Foreign trade and exchange controls
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Outlook for 2016-20: Political stability

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