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Switzerland to Vote on Country’s Neutrality Policy

Posted on AllSides April 12th, 2024
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Armed with some 130,000 certified signatures, Swiss activists submitted a petition in Bern on Thursday that would pave the way for a national vote in the coming months on proposed constitutional amendments to enshrine Switzerland’s longstanding policy of neutrality in international affairs. An initiative needs 100,000 signatures to get on the ballot. Debate about Switzerland’s neutrality sharpened last year after authorities followed in the European Union’s footsteps to adopt increasing sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine—bucking a centuries-long tradition of not taking sides in global conflicts. In 2022,...

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