Switzerland withdraws its old, outdated EU application

EPA/PETER KLAUNZER

Swiss national councilor Christoph Blocher of the Swiss People's Party (SVP).

Switzerland withdraws its old, outdated EU application


Switzerland will withdraw its membership application to the EU, filed 24 years ago.

The Nationalrat (National Council), the lower house of the Federal Assembly approved a motion submitted by the  Swiss People's Party (SVP, Schweizerische Volkspartei), the right-wing populist political party of Christoph Blocher.

The motion was approved by 126 in favour, 46 against and 18 abstentions (out of 200 deputies). The foreign minister Didier Burkhalter pointed out in vain that the application filed...


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