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Friday, June 17, 2016

Switzerland withdraws application for EU membership. 'Iceland had the courage to withdraw and no volcano erupted'-NZZ

6/15/16, "Switzerland withdraws application for EU membership," Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Simon Gemperli, google translation
The Senate on Wednesday with 27 to 13 and two abstentions a motion of SVP National Lukas Reimann agreed that prompts the Bundesrat, to withdraw the application for EU membership of 1992. The National Council had decided in March to that effect, with 126 to 46 with 18 abstentions. 
 
How to withdraw 24-year-old membership application, which supports in a Brussels basement in an archive? The Federal Council shall inform the EU, the request was "to be regarded as withdrawn," said Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter.

As in the great chamber of the FDP Federal Council did not struggle against the motion which, although useless, but also not harmful. The EU is aware that the request of the then European Economic Community (EEC) was, and now has no purpose....


"Iceland has had the courage and withdrew the application for membership, so no volcano erupted," said Hannes Germann (Schaffhausen, svp.). Joachim Eder promised by the Motion that it "atmospheric equilibrium" of Swiss policies have contributed to a better."...


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