By Diana West on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
On Feb. 9, 50.3 percent of Swiss voters passed a
referendum to cap immigration from the EU. In the course of a (very hostile)
Spiegel Online interview with Christoph Blocher, leader of the Swiss People's
Party, the impetus becomes clear. The EU's so-called freedom of movement --
read: untrammeled immigration into decreasingly sovereign states -- has
approached a crisis for Swiss nationhood.
"Some 23.8 percent of Switzerland's population
is comprised of foreigners, and almost 15 percent are first-generation
naturalized Swiss citizens," Blocher said. "No similar European state
has anything like that."
Once the shocking fact that nearly one in four people
in Switzerland are foreigners sinks in, it seems logicial to conclude, as
Galliawatch does, that many if not most non-native voters probably opposed the
immigration cap. That means that the outcome among native Swiss was
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