October 23rd, 2011
05:40 AM ET

Swiss far-right party aims to repeat election victory

The far-right Swiss People's Party put up shocking anti-immigration posters four years ago and took the largest share of the vote in the country's modern history. So they're doing it again this time around.

A poster in the German-speaking part of the country shows black boots marching over the Swiss flag.

One in French-speaking areas shows a condom plastered over the European Union's banner, proclaiming "Swiss protection against the European virus."

And the scare tactics seem to be working.

The anti-immigrant party looks set to repeat its 2007 election victory on Sunday, with opinion polls putting it in first place as voters cast ballots for the federal parliament.

A Eurobarometer survey this month put the party, known as the SVP, far ahead of its main rivals, with just under a third of people saying they would back it.

The Social Democrats (SP) are in second place, with about 20% support, followed by the FDP Liberals, the Christian Democrats and the Greens.

The People's Party won the biggest election victory in Swiss history in 2007, after a controversial campaign that blamed foreigners for much of the country's crime.

The nationalist party rode a wave of anti-immigration sentiment to gain 29% of the vote - about the same that it is getting in opinion polls this month.

Switzerland's political system requires consensus, making radical government policies unlikely, regardless of the election results.

But anti-immigrant sentiment helped fuel a 2009 ban on the construction of minarets, the towers usually built next to mosques for the traditional call to prayer.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    I haven't heard from her, but she never would take her own life. Never ever. I've called and texted; I'm sure we'll hear from her soon.

    October 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    I'm all for the SVP(Swiss Peoples' Party). At least they stand for Switzerland.

    October 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    hey Bansay,ok this sounds like a fake chrissy, I hope not.

    October 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Hate + Fear = Paranoia.
    A tried recipe which never fails to work for those who rule or aspire to rule a people.
    Even in this good Ol' US of A which was built on immigration and thus attained greatness, this frmula has seen success.

    October 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fritz99

      Switzerland is not an immigrant country like the USA. Switzerland was mainly built by the Swiss (french, german, italian and raetoroman speakers). People who have lived in the area since the dark ages. If you try to turn a nation state such as Switzerland into the United States trough immigration there will be a backlash. Especially there are large groups of culturally disparate immigrants.

      October 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Angel

    So which one or more have you perpetuated in the last 12 hours?

    October 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Portland Tony

    Another right wing government to rant against. Well we know the Swiss allow their women to drive and vote! Some 20% or so of private sector
    workers are immigrant guest workers, mostly Italians. The median household income exceeds $120k and average wealth of each adult exceeds $375k. So they want to maintain their standard of living. Being landlocked with 90% of liveable area already occupied. Not much room for permanent immigration from anybody no matter what their religion. VISIT INTERLAKEN

    October 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    I heard chrissy is in ICU @ U of MI, recovering from heart attack.

    October 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT ( elfslayer )

      (_)(_)::::::::::::::D-- fakey - – – -G::::::::::::::::(_)(_)
      eat double dick fakey!!!!

      October 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Where did you hear that, s kel? Who told you?

    October 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT ( elfslayer & CAT HERDER )

    HERE YOU GO FAKEY.... (_)(_)::::::::::::::D- – – - – – – – EAT DICK

    October 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |

      I was wondering when this Tea Partying fool was going to get around to posting this! We must forgive these people since they apparently cannot think nor post anything intelligent here!!!

      October 24, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I think there are some countries that are not immigrant friendly; not all nations have to be.
    It is not a divine right to move into any country one wants to.

    October 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland Tony

      They are not opposed to immigration. Over 25% of their population are immigrant workers. They just want to control it.

      October 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    sorry Bansay I read it on the blog about terror threat in kenya.

    October 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    @ banasy

    Rightly said. However there is a difference between controlling immigration and demonizing immigrants. Here the agenda seems to spread hatred & fear.

    October 23, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Very true.
    They seem a tad...ahem...militant, don't they?

    October 23, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leeintulsa

    Put all that in one hand, and that it's how the swiss voted in the other..

    We live in this HUGE glass house.. Who are we to judge other people's choices?

    And not once, until now, have i ever had a reason to say, "it might suck to live in switzerland"...

    October 24, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
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