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Country Forecast Switzerland Updater

  • ID: 2101437
  • September 2016
  • Region: Switzerland
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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Although the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) won a clear victory at the 2015 election, The Economist Intelligence Unit believes that this will not compromise the country's political stability over the forecast period. Owing to the Switzerland's constitutional arrangements, a culture of political consensus and the expectation that all Federal Council members defend the common positions of the coalition government, we do not expect the SVP's strength to seriously shake political stability over the forecast period. However, the SVP's capacity to unsettle Swiss politics has increased, as highlighted by the debate regarding a limit on EU immigration.

In December 2015 the SVP won a second cabinet post. 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 have been strained by the success of a 2014 referendum on limiting immigration from the bloc. Despite further com-plications introduced by the UK's vote to leave the EU, talks with the EU on a new migration regime are moving forward quietly. If a deal cannot be reached in the coming weeks, it is possible that a second referendum will be called, although this is unlikely to be held before mid-2017.

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Country Forecast Switzerland Updater

Country forecast overview: Highlights

Country forecast overview: Key indicators

Country forecast overview: Business environment rankings

Country forecast overview: Switzerland's business environment at a glance
Policy towards private enterprise and competition
Policy towards foreign investment
Foreign trade and exchange controls
Taxes
Financing
The labour market
Infrastructure

Fact sheet

Outlook for 2016-20: Political stability

Outlook for 2016-20: Election watch

Outlook for 2016-20: International relations

Outlook for 2016-20: Policy trends

Outlook for 2016-20: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2016-20: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2016-20: Economic growth

Outlook for 2016-20: Inflation

Outlook for 2016-20: Exchange rates

Outlook for 2016-20: External sector

Data summary: Global outlook

Data summary: Gross domestic product, current market prices

Data summary: Gross domestic product, at constant prices

Data summary: Growth and productivity

Data summary: Economic structure, income and market size

Data summary: Fiscal indicators

Data summary: Monetary indicators

Data summary: Employment, wages and prices

Data summary: Current account and terms of trade

Data summary: Foreign direct investment

Data sources and definitions
Global data
Domestic data
Abbreviations

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