Switzerland: “The people are worried about mass migration to Europe.”

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European nationalist parties are enjoying a worrying surge of support on the back of the continent’s migrant crisis, a development that has been largely overlooked.

Anti-immigration SVP wins Swiss election in swing to right

ZURICH (Reuters) – The anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party (SVP) won the biggest share of the vote in Sunday’s national parliamentary election, projections showed, keeping pressure on Bern to introduce quotas on people moving from the European Union.

Success for the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), coupled with gains made by the pro-business Liberal Party (FDP), led political commentators to talk of a “Rechtsrutsch” – a “slide to the right” – in Swiss politics.

Immigration was the central topic for voters amid a rush of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa to Europe.

“The vote was clear,” SVP leader Toni Brunner told Swiss television. “The people are worried about mass migration to Europe.”

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Sunday’s result cements the SVP’s position as the dominant force in Swiss politics.

The SVP won 29.5 percent of the vote, according to projections from Swiss broadcaster SRF, up from 26.6 percent in the 2011 vote and far exceeding expectations.

This would translate into an extra 11 seats, bringing their total tally in the 200-member lower house to 65, the best result for any party in at least a century.

The election gains for the SVP, which was already Switzerland’s biggest single party, come 20 months after the Swiss in a referendum backed limits on foreigners living in the Alpine nation. The SVP had strongly supported the restrictions.

Lawmakers have until 2017 to reconcile this referendum result with an EU pact that guarantees the free movement of workers, otherwise the Swiss government must write quotas into law regardless of any compromise with the EU.

The Swiss system of direct democracy means citizens decide most major issues in referenda regardless of parliament’s makeup.

But the latest right-wing gains should keep pressure on Bern to take a hard line with Brussels as it seeks to implement the immigration referendum.


The left-leaning Social Democrats (SP) finished in second place. Their share of the vote rose 0.2 percentage points to 18.9 percent but they were set to lose two seats, according to the SRF projections.

The pro-business Liberal Party (FDP), Switzerland’s third largest party, saw its support edge up 1.2 points and is seen gaining three extra seats, tilting parliament further to the right.

During the election campaign, the SVP rallied against Swiss reforms to deal with asylum seekers, even though in Europe’s current migrant crisis Switzerland is having to handle far fewer migrants than some other nations such as Germany.

With slogans like “Stay free!” the SVP has also played to fears that Switzerland may head towards EU membership, while also producing tongue-in-cheek YouTube music videos in a bid to appeal to younger voters.

Sunday’s result prompted calls from the right for greater representation in Switzerland’s seven-member governing council, the composition of which will be decided in December by parliament. The SVP and FDP currently have one seat each.

“I emphatically demand that the three biggest parties should each have two seats and the fourth biggest party has one,” Brunner said.

“We’ve demanded this for years and for decades it was a recipe for success for Switzerland.”

(Additional reporting by Oliver Hirt; Editing by Philippa Fletcher and Gareth Jones)

13 thoughts on “Switzerland: “The people are worried about mass migration to Europe.””


    Uncle Joe, that’s what the old Russian humanitarian and philanthropist Joseph Stalin was affectionately known as. Of course that affection for the lovable old communist varied in degrees of sincerity and passion between the millions of unfortunate Russians who filled mass graves and those who stalked the halls of the Politburo growing fat on status and privilege.

    One expression the delightful old mass murdering communist tyrant used often was “useful idiot”. I won’t get into a history lesson here but essentially the “useful idiots” are the millions of uninformed, stupefied, cowardly, easily manipulated and easily led citizens who make a tyrant’s run for power and hold on political control of a country mere child’s play.

    While the moniker “useful idiot” bears different names, the same gratitude for these lemmings and their suicidal assistance was made clear by other famous humanitarians and civilized intellectuals as Adolf Hitler, Pol-Pot and Mao Zedong as, in accepting Mankind’s awards for most efficient mass murdering tyrants, deafened by the applause of their victims, they acknowledged that their success would not have been possible without the undying assistance and stupidity of millions of their supporters; the Useful Idiots.

    Look back just a little over 40 years ago, April 1975, as tens of thousands of Cambodians, bubbling with the joy and enthusiasm of Useful Idiots, waved flags and hung floral wreaths on the necks of the red scarfed Khmer Rouge communists as they marched into Phnom Penh. How surprised these salubrious dull-witted lovers of totalitarian governance must have been when in the next 3 years over 2.2 million of them wound up fertilizing the ride paddies and fields of the Cambodian countryside.

    The more things change the more they stay the same………….

    Now look to these Germanic halfwits as, manipulated by the propaganda of Marxist Mass Media and years of cultural Marxist exercises in White Guilt, their town is awash in Muslims and the same town slowly being painted with thick coats of excremental Islamic political ideology.

    I can hardly wait until the mosques go up, until the call to prayer rings out 5 times a day, until the violence ramps up, until the children are molested, until the women and girls are raped and sodomized.

    Oh how tolerant !

    Oh how multicultural !

    Oh how culturally diverse !

    Oh how Uncle Joe and the boys would be wetting themselves with peels of laughter were they to lay eyes on Europe today.

    Oh how the children of these treasonous, suicidal, self-loathing Useful Idiots will hate their parents and grandparents for their enthusiastic annihilation of the greatest success story in the history of Mankind.

    Food for thought, catalyst for action

    Don Laird
    Alberta, Canada

      1. @Rita,

        I saw your post, good one!

        Yes we are truly in trouble here in Canada and at the hands of the Marxist/Islamist alliance.

        Better that we should roll our conflict into the series of civil wars many are predicting, many are preparing for and the same that many are welcoming more and more.

        It would rid us of an excess of treasonous human garbage. Bloody yes, bloody certainly, but seemingly unavoidable.

        In closing, as for Canada, Muslim are laughing their asses off after this election and wiping those same asses with the Canadian flag.

        Don Laird
        Alberta, Canada

    1. The only sensible reply was by the Kurdish shop-owner – it’s going to be a problem, he says….. As a Kurd, he knows….

      1. @Joseph Adam-smith

        Excellent observation.

        Here we have a man who ran from murder and madness and now he finds himself deluged in the very same excrement he and his family ran from.

        Imagine how he feels now.

        Of course he would like to be screaming his contempt, his condemnation and his derision for the stupidity of the Swedes but if he did he knows his life and that of his shop would be measured in weeks.

        Its madness on a massive scale.

        Don Laird
        Alberta, Canada

  2. SHHHHHHH !!!!!



    I can absolutely guarantee that in the coming months hundreds of mysterious incidents of “Culturally Diverse Spontaneous Combustion” will sweep across Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia and North America.

    Every tolerant and culturally diverse community just loves a good bonfire!!!!!…..brings friends and family together!!!!……have your weenies and marshmallows ready kids!!!!

    Food for thought, catalyst for action.

    Don Laird
    Alberta, Canada



    OH THE HUMANITY !!!!!!


    I tried to find the YouTube video but was unsuccessful.

    Take a look at the human garbage, the arrogant parasitic Islamic excrement as it lounges around a Marseilles hospital.

    Oh how tolerant !!!!

    Oh how non-Islamophobic !!!!

    Oh how culturally diverse !!!!!

    Food for thought, catalyst for action.

    Don Laird
    Alberta, Canada


    The video is in French, no translation.

    Essentially these are “refugees” being handled and herded by their Marxist handlers.

    Welcome to your nightmare.

    Don Laird
    Alberta, Canada

    1. As a somewhat infamous, previous Texas governor once said in reference to rape … “Just lay back and enjoy it”.

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