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Good book about Swiss politics, especially about relationship with EU?

Hi all,

After recent developments and the growing discontent for the EU, I've been looking for a book that could help me understand more or less, what's the relationship of Switzerland with its neughbors. Switzerland is not in the EU, but benefits from several bi-lateral agreements, so what's the extent of this? How has been Switzerland historically become so "un-european"? And topics like that.

Diccon Bewes' book (Swiss Watching) did help a lot in understanding Switzerland "between the lines", but I would like something more up-to-date, also in light of the recent SVP win in the elections, and the (in)famous 2014 referendum.

Honestly I can't handle keeping receiving advertising from SVP about the next anti-immigrant measures, with my naturally biased mind of an expat coming from a troubled Country. I'd like to base my opinion on real facts.

Do you have some recommendations about a book (any language, German and French would also be fine) that could help me understanding more about the current situation? I know that reading newspaper helps a lot, but they rarely give the "big picture".

Thanks!
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Old 19.10.2015, 14:49
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Re: Good book about Swiss politics, especially about relationship with EU?

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Do you have some recommendations about a book (any language, German and French would also be fine) that could help me understanding more about the current situation? I know that reading newspaper helps a lot, but they rarely give the "big picture".
I don't know of any book that is up to date, and the situation is continuously developing so no book will ever be up to date.

I think reading the newspapers is best. Ideally read different newspapers with slightly different biases (for example NZZ and Tagi) so as to get a broader perspective.

Tagi used to be my favourite paper but I've moved on to being more an NZZ type of person. I like the low key understatements, the holistic projections and the thinking between the lines. Occasionally rereading another newsppaer is necessary though to keep some sort of check on the bias.
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