Historic win for Swiss anti-immigration, anti-EU party
The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) won 29.5 percent of the vote, up from 26.6 percent. It won 11 seats and will now occupy 65 of the National Council’s 200 seats.
According to Swiss media, never before proportional representation was introduced in 1919 has one single party been so strongly represented in the National Council.
The SVP campaigned with strong rules on migration, warning of “asylum chaos”, and a promise to keep Switzerland out of the European Union.
In an interview with the Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung, SVP leader Toni Brunner used the word “Völkerwanderung”, which in German is a term employed to describe the so-called Barbarian invasions of non-Roman tribes of the declining Roman empire in the 4th to 9th Century.
Brunner also explained his party’s success as proof that the Swiss people do not want closer ties to the EU.
“The fact that Switzerland wants to close a framework agreement with Brussels, which will undermine our sovereignty and people’s rights, obviously disturbs a large part of the population”, said Brunner.