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Anti-immigration SVP win Swiss election

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 01:21

The anti-immigration Swiss People's Party wins the biggest share of the vote in parliamentary election, keeping pressure on Bern to introduce quotas on people moving from the European Union. Grace Pascoe reports.

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The votes have been counted and verified. Far-right SVP have won the biggest share of the vote in Switzerland's election. The leader of the Swiss People's Party Toni Brunner says tackling migration is a top priority for the Swiss people. (SOUNDBITE) (German) LEADER OF THE SWISS PEOPLE PARTY (SVP), TONI BRUNNER, SAYING: "We know how to handle this refugees crisis, while the others act like there isn't a problem." Chris Beauchamp is from IG. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IG, MARKET ANALYST, CHRIS BEAUCHAMP, SAYING: "I think to see this kind of sentiment developing in western Europe really does send a message to Brussels and EU politicians that actually they are going to have a much harder time convincing their own national populations to accept a greater number of immigrants over the next couple of years." This 'slide to the right' in Swiss politics piles on the pressure for Bern to introduce migrant quotas. And EU politicians must tread carefully in response. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IG, MARKET ANALYST, CHRIS BEAUCHAMP, SAYING: "If they seem to be too heavy handed in their application of migrant rules and that could well result in a backlash, that could destabilize a number of other euro zone governments." Pro-business FDP also made gains. But SVP remain the largest party with 29.4 percent of the vote The best performance by any Swiss party in at least a century.

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Anti-immigration SVP win Swiss election

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 01:21