EU debate: ‘Government needs more vision and leadership’

Swiss newspapers are unimpressed by the Federal Council’s announcement that it wants to carry out a public consultation before taking a final position on an “institutional framework” agreement negotiated with the European Union.  “Whoever has visions should go to the doctor,” declared former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Doctors are soon going to run out of patients, at least when it comes to the political discussion in Switzerland about Europe, declared the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) on Saturday. “This is anything but healthy,” it said.  Since 2014, talks have been taking place to formalise relations between Switzerland the EU. These have been complicated, however, by Swiss opposition from the traditionally pro-Europe left and unions and the anti-EU conservative right who believe the framework deal encroaches too much on Swiss sovereignty.   On Friday, the government neither accepted nor rejected the deal, instead asking the foreign ministry to carry out a national ...
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