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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 01/12/2014

Anti-Ecopop vote shows Swiss moderation

The Swiss voted in a referendum on Sunday against even more stringent immigration quotas. The initiative that triggered the referendum, dubbed 'Ecopop', wanted to have immigration limited to no more than 0.2 percent of the population, reducing the number of people immigrating to Switzerland each year from the current 80,000 to just 16,000 The vote against this measure was so unequivocal that it can be described as a shift in policy, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes approvingly: "This time the Swiss weren't trying to hit out at the Federal Council, the European Union or the immigrants. They displayed those virtues which recently we have not been able to rely on as in the past: economic common sense and political moderation. This vote has disproved the idea that in Switzerland you can push through any referendum initiative that simplifies the world and divides it into friends and foes. It is a strong show of confidence in a policy that would have been seriously undermined by stringent quotas."

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