Take a look at a map of the European Union and you’ll see a Switzerland-shaped hole at its heart. The Swiss are not members of the EU, but it surrounds them on every side. They have had to learn to live with their powerful neighbour, but in a vote on Sunday they took a step back from an ever‑closer relationship. Suddenly the hole looks a bit bigger and deeper than it did before.
Sunday’s referendum was about re-introducing immigration quotas for EU citizens in Switzerland. It was approved, but only just, with 50.3 per cent of those who voted saying Yes, despite the government, parliament and most business leaders campaigning against it.… Seguir leyendo »