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Switzerland - European Union: An Impossible Membership?

ContributorsSchwok, René
Number of pages158
PublisherBrussels : P.I.E-Peter Lang
Collection
  • European Policy series; 46
Publication date2009
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 Union
  • Switzerland
  • Bilateral agreements
  • Opposition to EUmembership
  • European Economic Area
  • European integration and Identity
Citation (ISO format)
SCHWOK, René. Switzerland - European Union: An Impossible Membership? Brussels : P.I.E-Peter Lang, 2009. (European Policy series)
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  • PID : unige:4795
ISBN978-90-5201-576-7
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