On Sunday, a historic for the Swiss populist right. The Swiss People’s Party (UDC), the Swiss anti-immigration party and anti-European Union, recorded spectacular progress Sunday in parliamentary elections, which strengthens as the largest party in the Swiss Confederation. It gets nearly one third of seats in the National Council, according to final results.
The Centre Democratic Union won 11 elected with a total of 65 of the 200 representatives in the lower house of parliament. It did better than its best score of 2007 (62 elected).
In a projection, public television RTS estimates the score voice UDC to 29.5%, its highest level (28.9% in 2007) and unheard of for a Swiss party. The gap between the score and deputies vote is due to a complex system of proportional representation where voters can scratch the names on the list of parties, candidates panacher, and local alliances between parties.
In the outgoing Chamber elected in 2011 the SVP occupied 54 seats. Participation in Sunday’s vote was barely above 48%. “People voted guided by fear,” said a Socialist candidate, Rebecca Ruiz, adding that the issue of refugees and immigration, favorite of the UDC, was “unfortunately very dominant in the country.”
The Socialist Party (PS), second formation of the country loses three seats with 43 elected and the other right-wing party, the Party of radical liberals (FDP) won three more with 33 elected representatives. This right turn is to the detriment of the small center parties (minus 3 seats) and two main courses environmentalists, who would lose a total of 9 seats.
The SVP was chosen as the slogan “Stay Free”. In February 2014 he was surprised with the success of the referendum against “mass immigration” to impose quotas to nationals of the European Union more and more people to work in Switzerland. The EU has threatened to terminate all bilateral agreements with Bern if free movement was suppressed. The government has until 2017 to find a solution.
The most radical displayed during the campaign was that of young UDC the Canton of Vaud: a jihadist caricature wearing a cuff EU , with the EU’s starry flag background , which is preparing to behead a young gagged blonde wearing a Swiss flag with the call: “Keep your head on straight”, “vote for the UDC list”.
The issues of asylum and immigration, first priorities
While Switzerland is currently immune to the wave of migrants arriving in Europe, a survey by the institute gfs.bern found that for nearly a Switzerland in two (48%) of the questions Asylum and immigration are the “first priority”, far ahead of the relations with the EU. “No question of overburdening public finances and the social budget by opening wide the borders, when so many young people here are still on the floor,” summed during the campaign Roger Golay, elected Sunday to Geneva for the Movement of the Geneva Citizens, small formation of the populist right he chairs.
The UDC and PLR , often conflicting, should work to together as the vice president of the SVP, Luzi Stamm.
The People’s Party, which holds a portfolio in the government unlike the PS and the PLR, has asked for more. The new government will be elected on December 9 by parliament. The specificity of Swiss democracy is a multiparty allowing five parties to divide the seven ministerial portfolios in the government.