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Re: Prolonging the free movement of people treaty

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I just read L'UDC chute dans les sondages in the French version of SwissInfo, nothing in English, but there is a German version (Google translate confirmed what the article was about, not a very felicitous translation to say the least) Umfrage: SVP muss Federn lassen.

Of the roughly six percentage points they lost the major government parties got about half, and the new secessionist party got half. The latter is hardly enough to make them a viable force nationally.
The new BDP party has regional strength in the cantons of Bern and Grison. Two of the 7 federal councilors (Cabinet Ministers) support it. The split can severely hamper the ability of the SVP to get its way in Parliament. For example Mr.Blocher's failure to be reelected.

The SVP party is not homogeneous. The biz lobby likes the EU because of the business opportunities. The farm lobby fears agricultural imports from the EU. The seniors are EU phobic. The younger members are EU agnostic. The recent secession could set off a chain reaction of further splits. To prevent that, the SVP hawks decided not to call a referendum and annoy their own biz lobby.
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