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EU eyes Swiss deportation initiative

Proposals to automatically expel foreign criminals from Switzerland are attracting the attention of European Union countries – Germany in particular.

EU experts are especially interested in the potential outcome if either the People’s Party initiative or its counter-proposal is accepted.

According to Jacques de Watteville, Switzerland's ambassador to Brussels, EU members are concerned that new Swiss legislation could challenge the free movement of people between the EU and Switzerland.

The cabinet’s counter-proposal would respect the international agreement, de Watteville told journalists on Wednesday.

The ambassador had been invited to speak to EU experts about Switzerland’s bilateral relationship with the EU. He told listeners not to forget that direct democracy is part of Switzerland’s political reality.

On November 28, Swiss voters will decide whether foreign criminals should be deported automatically. and agencies

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