SWITZERLAND LEADS EU SHIFT TO THE RIGHT: Anti-Muslim immigration party wins big in Parliament elections!
The Anti-Muslim immigration Swiss People’s Party (SVP) wins largest share of vote in parliamentary election on Sunday, prompting talk of a “Rechtsrutsch slide to the Right,” keeping pressure on Bern to introduce quotas on Muslims moving into Switzerland.
UK Telegraph Success for the SVP, coupled with gains made by the pro-business Liberal Party (FDP), led political commentators to talk of a “Rechtsrutsch” – a “slide to the right” – in Swiss politics.
Immigration was the central topic for voters amid a rush of Muslim asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe.
“The vote was clear,” SVP leader Toni Brunner told Swiss television. “The people are worried about mass migration to Europe.” Sunday’s result cemented the SVP’s position as the dominant force in Swiss politics.
It won 29.4 percent of the vote, according to the final tally from Swiss broadcaster SRF, up from 26.6 percent in the 2011 vote and far exceeding expectations. It was the best performance by a party in at least a century.
This translated to an extra 11 seats in Switzerland’s lower house of parliament to bring its tally to 65, the highest for any party since the chamber’s membership rose to 200 in 1963.
The election gains for the SVP, which was already Switzerland’s biggest single party, come 20 months after the Swiss in a referendum
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