Switzerland 2007

Switzerland 2007

Europe
Yearbook 2007 Switzerland. According to CountryAAH, Bern is the capital city of Switzerland. Immigrant issues were again at the top of the agenda during this year's election campaign, which became unusually fierce and loud. The xenophobic Swiss People's Party (SVP) ran an election campaign that a UN reporter described as "racist". One of several controversial election posters showed three white sheep on a Swiss flag; one of them kicks out a fourth black sheep. The picture symbolized SVP's demand that foreigners who commit crimes should be expelled along with their families. Opponents feared that the anti-immigrant sentiment would create fragmentation in the country, where one fifth of the residents lacked citizenship. They warned that Switzerland's reputation for tolerance and consensus could be damaged. Interior Minister Pascal Couchepin attracted attention when…
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