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Switzerland - European Union: An Impossible Membership?

Publication Brussels: P.I.E-Peter Lang, 2009
Collection "European Policy" series; 46
Description 158 p.
Abstract The author guides us expertly through the thickets of referendums (no fewer than fourteen from 1972) in which Swiss citizens have been given the opportunity to pass judgment on the European question. Most importantly, this volume explains why the Swiss still oppose joining the European Union. It examines the thorny questions of identity, reservations on policy matters (preserving neutrality, direct democracy and Swiss style federalism), not to mention doubts regarding the economy. Paradoxically, the closer Switzerland gets to the EU through bilateral agreements, the more distant prospects of joining the EU seem to become. This is the conundrum at the heart of the relationship between the Swiss Confederation and the European Union which is expertly explored in this volume.
Keywords Europea UnionSwitzerlandBilateral agreementsOpposition to EUmembershipEuropean Economic AreaEuropean integration and Identity
ISBN: 978-90-5201-576-7
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SCHWOK, René. Switzerland - European Union: An Impossible Membership?. Brussels : P.I.E-Peter Lang, 2009. ("European Policy" series; 46) https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:4795

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