Far-Right Ready to Shake Swiss Politics with Cabinet Seat
Bott, Martin H, The Independent (London, England)
SEVEN WEEKS after going to the polls, the people of Switzerland are about to discover the punchline to what was, by Swiss standards, an uncommonly knockabout election.
The parties that have shared power for almost a half a century will decide today whether to give the millionaire figurehead of the far right, Christoph Blocher, a seat in the cabinet. If they invite him aboard, one of Europe's most xenophobic mainstream parties will double its share of power.
Competitions such as the one in Zurich's daily Tagblatt - "Win SFr1,000 [pounds 450] by forecasting the make-up of the new cabinet!" - are just one sign of the unprecedented excitement gripping this sedate …
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