After Four Years of Talks, a New Swiss-EU Treaty Could Be ‘Dead in the Water’

Then-Federal President of Switzerland Doris Leuthard, right, talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Bern, Switzerland, Nov. 23, 2017 (AP photo by Peter Klaunzer).
Then-Federal President of Switzerland Doris Leuthard, right, talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Bern, Switzerland, Nov. 23, 2017 (AP photo by Peter Klaunzer).

The Swiss government last month balked at approving a new draft treaty it had negotiated with the European Union over the past four years, arguing that the deal required public consultation. The decision casts uncertainty on Switzerland’s relationship with the 28-member bloc, which is currently governed by a hodgepodge of over 100 separate agreements. The Swiss government now has until June to endorse the new treaty, but steep domestic opposition makes that difficult, if not impossible, says Clive Church, emeritus professor of European studies at the University of Kent in England. In an email interview with WPR, he discusses the […]

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