Swiss economy minister wants to save bilateral agreements with EU

Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann talks to media during a news conference on the 1:12 initiative in Bern November 24, 2013

(Reuters) – Switzerland’s economy minister wants to save bilateral agreements with the European Union, at risk after Switzerland voted to curb immigration from the bloc three weeks ago, he told a Swiss newspaper on Sunday.

“We have to reconcile the popular vote and the free movement of persons, also in order to save the bilateral agreements,” Johann Schneider-Ammann told the SonntagsZeitung in an interview.

“That is a very difficult task, it may prove a ‘mission impossible’,” he said, adding it was important for Switzerland to continue to attract foreign investment.

Switzerland decided in a popular vote on February 9 to reintroduce quotas for immigrants from the European Union, which is contrary to the principle of the free movement of persons agreed with the EU.

It told new EU member Croatia it would not be able to sign a labor market pact as planned.

The EU has reacted by halting talks on a further integration of Switzerland into the European electricity market and by excluding Switzerland from the European student exchange program ERASMUS and research program Horizon 2020.

“There is no sustainable growth without immigration,” Schneider-Ammann said in the interview. The government as well as business lobbies had recommended that voters reject the curbs on immigration.

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Here we go again…your economy will die without mass immigration!  Do not ask how it survived all the earlier centuries.  Do not ask how Japan is surviving without an apocalypse. Maybe the Japanese economy would do better with immigration. Maybe the citizens are willing to sacrifice something to keep their country recognizably Japanese.

It now seems clear that the business interests are the ones behind the drive for mass immigration, even more than leftists.