SWI: "Crowd shows solidarity ‘for an open Switzerland’"

by Joseph McKeown

More than 10,000 Swiss held a rally for immigrant rights outside the parliament in Bern, nearly a month after Swiss voters passed a measure to limit immigrants to the country. With banners such as "Switzerland without foreigners is like Swiss chocolate without cacao," the rally was supported by Greens, the Social Democrats, and union and foreigner associations, among others.

The repercussions of the Swiss vote has already been felt by the Croatians, as Switzerland will not be able to sign a labor pact with the European Union's newest member, and the vote could have potentially serious business ramifications in Switzerland if companies are limited in hiring foreign employees. The vote moreover could affect Swiss participation in the popular Erasmus program. NPR also has an informative roundup of articles.