Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels
About the event
On 9 February last year, the Swiss people voted in favour of a proposal to tackle “mass-immigration” with 50,3% of the votes and a majority of the cantons. The referendum proposed by the Swiss People’s Party has shed doubt on the free movement of people and thus seriously shaken the complex relationship between the EU and Switzerland.
The approval of the February 9th referendum has been a wake-up call for many Swiss and a more recent referendum to cap immigration held on 30 November was rejected with a strong majority of 74.1% of the votes.
How will Switzerland implement the provisions of the February 9th referendum and what could the possible consequences be for EU-Switzerland relations? Is Switzerland a singular case or is the anti-immigration sentiment a generalized problem in the EU and how do we fight it?
Managing Director Strategiedialog21
Founder & Managing Partner ESSENCE RELATIONS GmbH
Head of Division Western Europe
European External Action Service – EEAS
Swiss People’s Party – SVP
Senior Policy Fellow Europe, foraus
Correspondent Neue Zürcher Zeitung
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