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The new best friends of Switzerland

The German MEP Sven Giegold comes straight from the Meeting with Urs Bucher, the Swiss Ambassador to the EU: "I told him, of course, that I didn't go to Switzerland-Delegation, in order to control agitation and to donate money-laundering issues," he says in the Café of the European Parliament . Quite the contrary, the Green politician comes in, to pushing EU in the dispute about the framework agreement and the wage protection to more flexibility compared to the Swiss concern.

Sven Giegold is new Vice-Chairman of the Delegation to the EU Parliament, which deals with the relations with Switzerland and in the new Parliament has increased. The appeasement concerning the plans of the Green was the introductory meeting with the Ambassador, with a view to the new task welcome, because so far, you know the founder of Attac Germany as a relentless fighter against banking secrecy and tax havens. And since Switzerland was in the past, often to the visor.

"standstill helps anybody, really,"

And now the Green politician, as a new best friend, Switzerland? "We Greens have expressed in the internal market and in the foreign Affairs Committee already no longer doubt, whether the negotiation strategy of the EU Commission is marked in the framework agreement of wisdom," says Giegold. The standstill will help anybody, really. And the sanction with the withdrawal of the stock exchange of equivalence, the wrong language was in such a conflict.

He could understand that Switzerland as a small and open country with an interest, to protect people at the lower end of the wage levels, says Sven Giegold. Switzerland has granted many people access to their labour market. The bring in addition to the advantages of of course, loads.

"I want to contribute to the EU and Switzerland to come back to the relationship that is actually appropriate."Sven Giegold, a German MEP of the Greens

The EU-the Deputy finds that the EU could ensure the protection of Wages on Switzerland. In return, Brussels could demand, for example, that Switzerland is the fifth-money laundering Directive of the EU, says Giegold: "Just because you know that Switzerland is organised democratically, one must find a balance of interests."

What Sven Giegold, specifically in Switzerland-Delegation? "I want to contribute to the EU and Switzerland to come back to the relationship, which is actually reasonable." Namely, one that is not escalating, after years of aggressive negotiations and in the end even in sanctions mouths. Sven Giegold wants to build a relationship in which the EU and Switzerland in a common European house.

Sven Giegold is not the only prominent Switzerland-experts in the EU Parliament. He felt the play "Godot" reminded to Wait, had said the EU's chief negotiator Christian Leffler recently and the Swiss government at a hearing in the foreign Affairs Committee of the EU Parliament's delaying tactics in the framework agreement are accused of. The German Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer criticized in the Committee as Only the harsh sound of the high-ranking officials and its comparison with the classics of the absurd theatre.

hope for a new beginning

"Leffler has behavior as insensitive to arrogant," says Bütikofer in the conversation. With the Godot comparison of the chief negotiator, have made the Partner look ridiculous. As past Chairman of the European Green party, he is also in close contact with the Swiss Green party and their Boss, Regula Rytz.

Recently, Bütikofer has received, together with Sven Giegold, a Swiss Delegation of parliamentarians and trade unionists, and information. He had understood that without accompanying measures the number of black sheep among European service providers in Switzerland would probably increase, said Bütikofer, and argued in favour of the protection of Wages in the framework agreement to exclude.

Now, since in Brussels the EU's new take on Commission with Ursula von der Leyen, there is the promise of a Chance for a fresh start: "policy ability, and then with Switzerland, it is not clear not come together yet," says the member of the European Parliament with Swiss roots. The Grandfather was once emigrated from Bütikofen in the Emmental region to Germany.

The SVP does not play into the hands of

indeed, Switzerland is for the green heavy weight of a reference, namely, when it comes, to combine parliamentary and direct democracy: "I am one of those Greens that people decide to find a good Instrument," says Bütikofer. And warns you not to play the Swiss people's party, before the vote on the so-called boundary initiative in may in the hands. It is also in the interest of the EU, the conflict to the framework agreement clear consensus: "We have neither the EU nor Switzerland do you a Favor, if we pollute the debate on the framework agreement with the blemish, that by the protection of Wages is reduced."

The Greens are now the Only ones who now want to put at least a sign of relaxation. Wednesday of next week, is located in Strasbourg, the Switzerland-Delegation of the European Parliament and their counterparts from the National Council and Council of States. It is planned that the presidents of the two delegations urge in a joint statement on de-escalation, including the release of the Swiss cohesion funds, and an appeal to the EU Commission to reconsider the decision to the exchange of equivalence. Both sides want to emphasize that you believe in an amicable solution in the framework agreement.

Created: 20.11.2019, at 14:05

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