Nessa semana, está sendo discutida a livre circulação de pessoas da comunidade européia na Suiça e este simpático partido é das forças mais resistentes e quer o “fechamento” da Switzerland para (criminal foreigners).
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Under Christoph Blocher‘s leadership, the party has moved from more centrist, conservative positions to right-wing populist spectrum. The party that used to represent farmers, artisans and other middle classes, according to some authors now resembles a national-conservative protest party. Various commentators have labelled the party’s present stance as right-wing populist, nationalist anti-immigrant.
In May, 2007, SVP members, along with the Federal Democratic Union of Switzerland launched an initiativeto amend the Swiss Federal Constitution to ban the construction of minarets. They claim that they do not oppose Muslims but considered the construction of minarets to be against state secularism. Ulrich Schlüer, member of the SVP and head of the initiative, lost his mandate in parliament in the 2007 federal election in spite of an overall gain of his party’s popular support.
On 1 August 2007, the SVP launched a direct mail, print and outdoor advertising campaign at a national level to gather signatures supporting the “Federal Popular Initiative for the Deportation of Criminal Foreigners“. An illustration was used in which three white sheep roaming on a Swiss-flag delimited area kick out a black sheep. The caption reads: “to create security”, with schaffen being a pun on Schaf, German for sheep. In Geneva, the city council banned the outdoor campaign, and most of the outdoor posters already placed were destroyed. Thousands of the direct mail brochures with prepaid return postage were sent back without a signature to cause increased expenses to the campaign organizers.