Feb 24, 2014 11:44 AM

Are Europeans Closing their Borders?

In a referendum on February 9, the Swiss narrowly adopted the principle of setting annual quotas for foreign workers, including from neighbouring European Union countries. This was a surprise because Switzerland, which is not part of the EU but is surrounded its members, has very close relationship with it, had agreed to the free movement of workers with the EU and even agreed to lift all border controls. What was especially shocking for the other Europeans is that foreign workers in Switzerland are first of all from neighbouring Italy, Germany and France, as well as from Portugal, not from distant or poor countries. They suddenly felt shut out from their own continent.

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