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WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | 06/02/2014

Dramatic referendum in Switzerland

The citizens of Switzerland vote on Sunday on the "Against Mass Immigration" initiative launched by the Swiss People's Party (SVP). However the true goal of entrepreneur Christoph Blocher's SVP is not to ensure that fewer workers immigrate to the country, the left-leaning weekly WOZ warns: "The true goal of the billionaire's party is to turn these workers into second-class residents. ... Under the 'mass immigration initiative', a quarter of the population would be condemned to live in a state of permanent insecurity: 'The right to permanent residency, to family reunion and social benefits can be restricted', according to the initiative's text. ... A lot is at stake on Sunday: either a decline in the foreign population's status such as never seen before in the history of modern Switzerland will be written into the constitution, or the country will find itself back in the diversity of the 21st century. This will require every vote."

WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | 05/01/2012

National banks become political issue

The currency affair involving the head of the Swiss National Bank Philipp Hildebrand developed this week into a discussion about the political role played by the bank. Similar debates are unfolding in other countries where right-wing politicians are seeking to politicise the central banks, the left-leaning weekly paper WOZ points out: "Last week the nationalist Viktor Orbán brought the Hungarian National Bank under his control. And on Tuesday the libertarian Ron Paul achieved the third-best result in the US Republican presidential primaries in Iowa. Orbán and Paul show how the state could look if the right-wing grows even stronger during the crisis. For both the central bank is a focus of attack. ... In the Hildebrand case, too - which is above all a personal affair - focus is on playing up the political role of the National Bank. ... The future economic order is now being negotiated in terms of the role of the central banks."

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