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Why governments, politicians and businessmen hate gold

Yesterday Switzerland voted on whether its central bank should be holding more gold as a proportion of its total assets. Gold currently makes up for around 7% of the total assets of Swiss National Bank, the country’s central bank. 1,180 more words


Immigration and other political matters

The past few days have been full of amazing political events.

While everybody, IFO included, is laughing at the ineptness of the Russian kleptocrats in getting hotels and other services up and running in time for the Olympics in Sochi Russia, the beginnings of what may become a political tidal wave has begun to gather steam. 484 more words


Switzerland rejects Croatia free movement deal after immigration referendum

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Switzerland has refused to sign a protracted deal with Croatia, initially agreed over a year ago, which would have given Croatians unrestricted access to the Swiss employment market. 260 more words

EU Erosion

Swiss narrowly back migration curbs

Recently there has been a great amount of controversy over the new Swiss curbs on immigration voted on by the Swiss people. It had to receive at least 50% majority to pass and it scraped by with a 50.3%. 569 more words

Global Awareness

quo vadis helvetia?

Sunday, 9 February 2014. Switzerland votes. By the evening we know that 55,8% of the Swiss citizens have fulfilled their civic duty. And 50,3% of the Swiss citizens accepted the popular initiative “Against Mass Immigration”. 807 more words


There is more to Switzerland's anti-immigration vote than meets the eye

Any Swiss citizen who collects 100,000 signatures can put an initiative to a national referendum. This brand of extreme direct democracy is unique on this scale, and has generally served Switzerland well—certainly in comparison with other referendum-driven systems, … 554 more words

Swiss immigration: 'Narrow Yes' to bring back quotas

With most of the votes counted, a Swiss referendum on whether to bring back strict immigration quotas appears to have passed by a narrow margin. Between 50.5% and 51% voted in favour of measures which would end the Swiss-EU free movement of people agreement. 215 more words

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