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Switzerland – legal island?

Prof. Christa Tobler recaps what we have discovered so far about the legal relationship between Switzerland and the EU.

No country is an island, and neither is Switzerland.

Having studied the legal links between different European countries when it comes, notably, to economic matters, it must be concluded that Switzerland is far from being a legal island in Europe. Rather, it is linked to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and to the European Union (EU) Member States through a complex system of sectoral or bilateral agreements.

We invite you to reflect upon the options of countries that remain outside the EU – or decide to leave. The article that you will find under ‘see also’ might give you some insights. Note: it was written before the vote in the UK of 23 June, 2016.

Outside or inside the EU? Which option would you choose?

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