Sunday, October 26, 2003

Swiss People's Party Make Gains

Aftenposten in Oslo reports:

"Gains by the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SPP) in [last week's] national assembly election threatens to disrupt the traditional balance between political parties...

The current result also expresses the current mood of Switzerland, with a weakened economy, rising unemployment, and welfare benefits under pressure."

The Jordan Times in Amman adds in:

"The rise to power by the Swiss right-wing SVP can be seen as part of a process that is sweeping through many west European countries that have become refugee-fatigued over the past few years.

The supporters of SVP in Switzerland view foreigners, especially asylum-seekers, as a threat to their way of life and culture as well as taking away work opportunities for the Swiss people."

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