Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsDid you ever wonder why Switzerland, a landlocked country in the heart of Western Europe, is not part of the European Union or EU? Or did you ever ask yourself about the meaning of the famous, or depending on the perspective, infamous Swiss Banking Secrecy? This course puts the focus on much debated issues, such as banking secrecy, corporate taxation, and migration, as well as on the consequences of the Swiss rules on these issues vis-a-vis other countries. We invite you to explore the economic, political, and legal position of Switzerland in Europe, in particular its relationship with the EU.
Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsThrough this course, you will become aware of the effect that the special situation of Switzerland has for the political and legal debate in other countries. At the end of this course, you will understand the general place of Switzerland in the legal and political landscape of Europe. More specifically, you will be acquainted with the complex legal relationship between Switzerland and the EU, which is the most important regional organisation in Europe when it comes to economic matters. Furthermore, you will be aware of the preconditions shaping the momentary situation, including its history.
Skip to 1 minute and 41 secondsIn order to reach these goals, we will not just look at corporate taxation and Swiss Banking Secrecy, but also at issues like the decision by the Swiss voting population to limit immigration and its consequences for the participation of Switzerland in the EU's research, culture, and student mobility programmes. We look forward to working with you on money, migration, and other difficult matters and to hearing your inputs on these topics. Join our course, and find out whether or not Switzerland can be considered an island.