Friday, November 30, 2018

Ravensburg,Germany: A lenient sentence for attempted "honor killing"! Husband and brother stabbed 17-year-old pregnant Alaa, rammed a knife into her chest and neck, filmed her and mocked her in the process

In the trial about the attempted "honor killing" of Alaa W. (18 years old) a sentence has now been passed. Judge Veiko Böhm sends Alaa's brother Abd (21 y/o) to prison for seven years and six months for attempted murder, dangerous assault, threat and property damage, husband Alla R. (35 y/o) for six years and nine months. The victim's parents were sentenced to one year and ten months on probation. "It is not a clear case, but it is crystal clear that no one deserves to be disfigured in his face, stabbed in the chest and lying in his own blood to fear for his life," the judge said in his statement.Nevertheless, the verdict on Friday afternoon was more lenient than the prosecution had demanded. Prosecutor Florian Steinberg initially demanded nine years and six months for Brother Abd W. as well as a preventive detention under reserve for about half the time. Husband Alla should be according to public prosecutor's office for eight years in the cell. The parents should be sentenced according to its plea in each case to three years because of common dangerous bodily harm, since they resigned by calling the ambulance of the attempt to commit the bodily harm. Amely Schweizer, on the other hand, pleaded for the victim's mother to be acquitted: "After the crime, the parents tried everything they could to get Abd out of the apartment in order to prevent something worse from happening. According to the court's suspicions, there were no agreements between the parents, brother and husband to kill the young Alaa on the spot. Her brother Abd was the driving force behind the crime. Husband Alla is said to have been spurred on by him.
On the evening of February 27, 2018, a young woman lies on her bed, covered in blood, crying, holding her belly, calling for help and finally bending down. Alaa W. (then 17 y/o) was brutally stabbed!

The suspects: Alaas own brother Abd W. (21y/o) and her Syrian husband Alla R. (35). Alaa should die because she had fallen in love with Jamal (27 y/o). So she allegedly defiled the honor of the family!
The then 17-year-old was with Jamal and pregnant by him in the third month. She had separated from her husband and wanted to move in with her boyfriend as soon as she turned 18 - but her parents wouldn't accept that. She continued to live with her husband in her parents' apartment. At the end of February the situation escalated!
In the nursery, the men rammed a knife into her chest and neck countless times, slitting the corners of her mouth. Alaa miraculously survived the attack and was seriously injured when she came to the clinic. The child also survived.
During his atrocities, Brother Abd filmed himself with his cell phone, making a total of 13 videos, three of which he sends to Alaas new friend Jamal. Around 9:28 p.m. the two perpetrators left the apartment and fled. Father Samih W. made an emergency call. Alaa was in intensive care until 1st of March and had to undergo surgery because of cuts on both hands. Tendons and nerves were severed. Air poured into the pericardium of the then 17-year-old.
The victim had testified in camera.

Meet Merkel's diverse police force: Policeman Ufuk S. sentenced for possession of child pornography and self-produced child pornographic videos

Between 2015 and 2017, Ufuk S., a policeman of Turkish origin, sexually abused Emma, who was seven years old at the time, and recorded the child's suffering on video. Ufuk S. regrets his deeds deeply and has now found his faith (guess which one).On Thursday, the indictment against the 42-year-old police officer Ufuk S. was read out which was hardly bearable for the audience and trial participants. His then 7-year-old victim and his mother met S. in the public swimming pool. A "friendship" had developed between the child and the adult man. He then visited the single mother and the girl several times, sometimes even spent the night with them, the newspaper Bild reports. The deaf mother did not want to comment on S.'s actions.Between 2015 and 2017, the official is said to have sexually abused Emma, who was seven years old at the time. S. has recorded almost every crime he has committed on his mobile phone. The court sentenced the child molester to three years and six months. Ufuk S. stressed that he acknowledges his mistakes and wants to start therapy soon - at taxpayers' expense. In addition, he had found his faith and was hoping for forgiveness.

Germany: Brutal attack on pensioner couple investigated - police searches for Iranian serial offenders

Clues from witnesses led to the rapid identification of two men (16, 37 y/o). Both are Iranian citizens. They are already known to the police for property and drug offences. Investigations are currently concentrating on determining the whereabouts of the wanted persons. The two culprits are accused of having attacked and robbed an elderly couple ( 75,  74 y/o) at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon (11th of November) in Cologne. After attacking the pensioner with pepper spray, the two perpetrators captured the senior's handbag.

Muslims infuriated: German Minister of the Interior serves them blood sausage !

At the Islam Conference in Berlin, the hosts distribute blood sausage snacks made from pork. It’s not the first time. It sounds like a bad joke: At the Islam Conference in Berlin, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, as several media reports, just served blood sausage. Made of pork. “With such a behavior as an elephant in a china shop, Seehofer and his authority will never reach the majority of Muslims in Germany,” reported the WDR reporter Tuncay Özdamar in one of several tweets on the subject. In addition to pork, Muslims are also prohibited from eating the blood of animals. The shafts should make it possible to drain the animals as completely as possible. Özdamar is not the only one who wonders if the Home Office wanted to make a sign with the black pudding. Was it a more or less hidden message according to the motto: We non-Muslims do not let us decide what comes to your plate? Even a personal message from Horst Seehofer, who is known to believe that Islam does not belong to Germany? On the other hand, it speaks that, as Ferda Ataman recently wrote on Spiegel Online, pork was already being served at the first Islam conference in 2006. So this experience should not be new for a majority of the participants.

Germany: Economic giant, moral dwarf

by Giulio Meotti 

Half of British Jews are thinking about emigrating. A poll recently revealed that they would leave especially quickly if Jeremy Corbyn wins the next elections, that same Corbyn whose "friends" fired 460 missiles on Israel in one day.

Do not consider it an unrealistic scenario, expecially in the pre-Brexit earthquake. Who would have said in 1933 that a melancholy, failed and incestuous Austrian painter would come to power in Germany, the country of Goethe? So tomorrow in England we could witness the advent of a kind of red swastika. And it would be an existential threat not only for the British Jews, but for all free men and women.

It is not a coincidence that anti-Semitism shocked the UK, a country that had no ghettos and gas chambers and deportations, in the very moment of its most dramatic political existential crisis. The same goes for Germany, the cultural sick man of Europe.

Angela Merkel is putting pressure on some European countries, like Romania, to not move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Perhaps Israel should move its embassy in Germany from Berlin to Bonn, where it was during the Cold War.

The Germans are economic giants and moral dwarfs.

Sigmar Gabriel, the former German Foreign Minister and leader of the Social Democrats in the coalition government with Angela Merkel, has just met Ari Larijani in Tehran, who said that his country (Iran) has "different perspectives on the Holocaust". At the meeting with Gabriel and the German entrepreneurs, also present was Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, director of the Parliament for international affairs and responsible for supporting Palestinian terrorist groups. Like Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Congratulations, hypocrites of German extraction!

Anti-Semitism is the chloroform of Western conscience. It anesthetizes our morality. It reveals the contemporary Western cultural sickness.

The powers of the West committed collective suicide during the First World War. At the 1918 Commemoration Parade in Paris, French president Emmanuel Macron invoked a European army in an anti-American train of logic (now it is also discussed in Germany, a country that does not contributed to NATO).

The second act of this collective drama was the Holocaust. We are now in the middle of the "low and dishonest decade" that W.H Auden wrote about. For me it will not be a spectacular implosion. More a slow drift, a gradual decomposition of the society, a comfortable and indifferent decadence.

Under the weight of radical Islam, but above all of our frightening inconsistency, the West will melt like snow in the sun. Anti-Semitism is a sign of that decay.

No lessons learned? German government votes in favour of UN Migration Pact

The German government voted today with a majority in favour of the Global Compact for Migration which has been widely criticised for seeking to mix migration and asylum.

In total 372 MPs voted in favour, 153 voted against and 141 abstained. Before the votes were cast Heiko Maas, the current Foreign Minister from the Socialist Democratic Party, called the pact a great success, which would allow for safe migration.

He went on to call out critics for their ineptitude to read the pact and believes it to be in the interests of Germany.

Stephan Thomae of the Free Democratic Party mentioned the pact was non-binding by law and would lower migration pressure on Germany because it would enforce international standards on migration.

The left-wing Green party had already demanded for the migration pact to be implemented into German law even prior to its signing.

Therefore, confirming fears of critics that this pact will by no means be non-binding. Petra Pau from the Left party made a questionable remark that Berlin wouldn’t exist without migration and such that a topic could only be solved globally.

MPs from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) reminded parliament that a number of nations already announced not to sign the pact and questioned to what states people would migrate to then.

The populist AfD made clear that they would vote against this proposal. This outcome does not come as a surprise as secret papers only recently revealed Germany may have had a much larger role in drafting the Global Compact for Migration than previously thought.

Currently the US, Austria, Hungary, Australia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Estonia, Poland, Israel and Slovakia have all decided against signing the pact set to be ratified in Marrakech on 10-11 December.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Germany’s Merkel to Miss Start of G20 Summit After Fault-Plagued Personal Plane Makes Emergency Landing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was en-route to the forthcoming G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina Thursday night when her government plane was forced to return to Germany and land, meaning she will likely miss the opening of the meeting.

Dr Merkel was flying on the German government military operated ‘Konrad Adenauer’ Airbus Thursday night which had taken off from Berlin, but looped back over the Netherlands and landed in Cologne, the home base of the German government air fleet, where it was met by emergency services vehicles.

The Luftwaffe Airbus had suffered the “malfunction of several electronic systems”, Deutsche Welle reports, falling into a now familiar pattern of faults with the Konrad Adenauer and her sister aircraft the Theodor Heuss, both of which have malfunctioned while on official business in recent months.The German Chancellor and her finance minister, plus coiterie of attendant journalists will spend the night in Bonn before flying onto Argentina, where Merkel will attend the G20 summit and is due to have talks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The German Luftwaffe, or air force, is suffering a crisis of aircraft maintainance which spreads from the government duty jets they maintain for Dr Merkel and other senior members of the government including the German president, to combat aircraft.
Breitbart London reported at the time of the “not quite voluntary” removal of the head of the Luftwaffe earlier this year, the fly-past in honour of the retiring officer highlighted some key issues with the state of German defence.

As Lieutenant General Karl Müllner — widely seen as the greatest critic of the government within the armed forces — took the final salute he was treated to a display of four Luftwaffe Eurofighter jets. Embarassingly for the German government, out of a fleet of 128 aircraft officially on the Luftwaffe’s books, those four were at the time the only Eurofighters in Germany capable of flying combat missions due to a lack of spare parts.

Brazil: Bolsonaro Meets with John Bolton as Son Eduardo Meets GOP Lawmakers

President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton met with Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, pledging to build a “dynamic partnership” with Latin America’s largest economy.

Bolsonaro stopped in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday on his way to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires.

“Enjoyed a wide-ranging, very productive discussion [with] Brazil’s President-elect Bolsonaro [and] his national security team,” Bolton wrote on Twitter after the meeting. “I extended an invitation from Pres. Trump for @JairBolsonaro to visit the US. We look forward to a dynamic partnership [with] Brazil”:

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Enjoyed a wide-ranging, very productive discussion w/ Brazil’s President-elect Bolsonaro & his national security team. I extended an invitation from Pres. Trump for @JairBolsonaro to visit the US. We look forward to a dynamic partnership w/ Brazil.
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On Tuesday, Bolton also celebrated the “historic opportunity” Bolsonaro’s presidency presents for the two countries to build closer ties, with the aim of “expanding freedom and prosperity throughout the Western Hemisphere.”

“President Trump was the first foreign leader to call the president-elect,” Bolton said. “We see this as a historic opportunity for Brazil and the United States to work together, a whole host of areas – economics, security and a range of others.”

Both men are understood to share similar views on foreign policy. Bolsonaro is likely to take a hard line against far-left regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua, which Bolton recently described as the “troika of tyranny.”

Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo, himself an elected lawmaker in Sao Paolo, visited the United States this week and held meetings with a number of senior lawmakers including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-TX) and former Mayor of New York Rudy Guiliani.

During his meeting with Rubio, Eduardo Bolsonaro spoke of Rubio’s “distinguished record in Latin America of promoting human rights in Venezuela”:
Satisfação conhecer ontem rapidamente o Senador Marco Rubio @marcorubio (Rep.-Florida) que tem destacada atuação em temas latino americanos como a defesa dos direitos humanos na Venezuela - com @filgmartin @mcoimbra
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Following his meeting with Cruz, Eduardo also praised Cruz’s commitment to a “free internet, the right to bear arms and individual freedoms,” emphasizing the need to “partner with the right people”:
(ENG) Friendly conversation with Ted Cruz @tedcruz (Rep.-Texas🇺🇸), US conservative Senator committed to free internet, the right to bear arms and individual freedoms. We need to partner with the right people - with @filgmartin .
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(POR) Conversa amigável com Ted Cruz @tedcruz (Rep.-Texas🇺🇸), senador conservador dos EUA comprometido com a internet livre , o direito de portar armas e as liberdades individuais. Precisamos nos aliar as pessoas certas - com @filgmartin .
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Eduardo also met with Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser Jared Kushner, who he reportedly told it is “not a question of if, but when” Brazil will follow the U.S. and move their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He also praised Kushner as a “great entrepreneur”:
Reunião hoje de manhã com Jared Kushner @jaredkushner que é um dos mais importantes conselheiros da Casa Branca e grande empresário - além de ser genro do Presidente Trump @realDonaldTrump .
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Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly noted his admiration for Donald Trump. Many have drawn comparisons between their populist campaigns and positions on everything from immigration to foreign policy.

“When I spoke of the migration question, it’s because we can’t have a country with open borders,” Bolsonaro said last month. “I’m an admirer of President Trump. He wants a great United States. I want a great Brazil.”

Germany: Girl sexually harassed by Arab man

Yesterday morning an unknown perpetrator molested a girl in Lauf on the Pegnitz ( District of Nuremberg ) in a sexually motivated way. The criminal investigation department is asking for information on this incident. Around 10:00 a.m., the teenager met an unknown man in Briver alley. Here it came to a sexual harassment, in which the perpetrator touched her among other things immorally. The police's investigations did not lead to the arrest of a suspect. Description of the offender: Approx. 20 years old, approx. 170 cm tall, black hair, dark skin, oriental appearance, spoke German with an Arabic accent according to witness, was dressed in a black jacket and wine-red baseball cap. Further investigations will be taken over by the Schwabach police department. In this context, the officers are searching for witnesses. Persons who have observed the incident or who can give information about the identity of the perpetrator are asked to contact the police on 0911 2112-3333.

Is Angela Merkel behind the UN Migration Pact? New document sheds light

Germany’s Deception: Internal documents from Germany’s Federal Foreign Office divulge that Angela Merkel’s government has been the main mastermind behind the controversial UN migrant pact.

The document, described by MP Petr Bystron of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), reveals that the Federal Foreign Office taking credit for the disastrous UN Migrant Pact, claiming they’ve been working on the agreement since 2016.

The deception runs deep, the Foreign Office having stated that the German government has been behind the Global Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact on Migration, saying that though they are not legally binding, they were both designed to be “politically binding”.Belgian International Law professor Pierre d’Argent, has explained that the agreement sets up a “legal framework” that can be used by lawyers in interpretting the meaning of the law. “…one can imagine that in some cases before international jurisdictions, lawyers use this pact as a reference tool to try to guide them,” d’Argent said.

Alexander Gauland, Co-leader of Germany’s populist AfD party told Breitbart London:

“It’s becoming glaringly obvious that the German government was trying to deceive the public, and still is. They are trying to retroactively legalise Merkel’s illegal opening of the borders since 2015. If the AfD had not raised the topic of the Global Compact, no one would ever have known about it until it was too late.”

“Now we are discovering that this contract has been in the works for a long time, and on German initiative, no less. However, those responsible never bothered to mention it. For good reason. We will do everything we can to avert this disaster in the making,” he said further.

The US, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Israel, Australia, The Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia and more have backed out and will not sign the pact.

“We are only responsible to our Austrian population as government officials. Austrian sovereignty has top priority for us, this must be preserved and protected,” Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache said about pulling out of the pact.

Germany: Young woman, who is mourning a dead friend, is insulted by a taxi driver as a "whore" and dragged by her hair out of the taxi and left in a lonely and dangerous place. -- Driver was possibly a Pakistani

It's a terrible evening for the young lady from Stuttgart. In the Catherine Hospital she has to watch a friend die. She is completely shocked on that 12th of November. She only wants to go home to the east of Stuttgart. When she reaches the taxi rank at the main station, the clock displays already after midnight. She climbs into the foremost vehicle and notices that she only has ten euros of cash left with her. A sum that is normally sufficient for the short journey. She tells the driver. He collects the money immediately and drives off.But the man is turning in the wrong direction. At Rotebühl square, his passenger alerts him. He turns - and drives wrong again. He begins to insult the woman and insult her. "You whore" is just one of many swear words that are said to have been used. When the car is near the Löwentor, i.e. again on the wrong route, the taximeter shows 9.90 euros. The driver asks the woman massively to get out. He throws her luggage out of the car. When she tries to grab a business card to find out who he is, he grabs her hair and pulls her out of the taxi. It's 1:00 a.m. and she's completely distraught standing alone on the edge of Rosenstein Park.In her despair, she calls her mother. "My daughter then walked home through the park, always on the phone with me, because she was afraid," she says, "This should never have happened. What all the harm would have happened to her in the park at night. That must not happen again," she says. Immediately afterwards, the mother calls both the police and the taxi office - and at first she doesn't feel taken very seriously. The next day the daughter brings charges against the man.It's not that easy to find him, though. On the one hand, because no taxi number and no number plate are known. According to the victim, the man speaks bad German with a possible Indian or Pakistani accent, the car was black, had leather seats and no advertising print. On the other hand, however, he is difficult to determine because it is apparently not connected to the Stuttgart taxi headquarters, which arranges most journeys in the city.

Switzerland: "Creeping EU Accession"

by Soeren Kern
The EU has now increased the pressure by resorting to blackmail: Brussels is making its recognition of Switzerland's SIX Swiss Exchange, the fourth-largest stock market in Europe, contingent on Swiss acceptance of the framework agreement.

The measure was opposed by a coalition of Swiss business groups, which convincingly argued that it was a question of economics and access to international markets for the export-dependent country. "Ultimately, it is about maintaining prosperity in Switzerland and keeping the companies and jobs here," said Monika Rühl, director of the business group Economiesuisse.

"The SVP rejects a one-sided submission to EU institutions, aimed at establishing an institutional connection of Switzerland to the EU apparatus, with a dynamic EU legal takeover and, ultimately, the subordination of Switzerland to the EU Court of Justice. A dynamic adoption of EU law would be another massive erosion of our direct democracy." — Swiss People's Party.
Swiss voters have resoundingly rejected a referendum calling for the Swiss Constitution to take precedence over international treaties and law.
Two-thirds (66.2%) of voters in the November 25 referendum opposed the "self-determination" initiative, put forward by the eurosceptic Swiss People's Party (Schweizerische Volkspartei, SVP), the largest party in the Swiss parliament.
SVP leaders had argued that the new law was necessary to safeguard national sovereignty from further encroachment by supranational organizations such as the European Union and the United Nations.
The Swiss government countered that the proposal would undermine Switzerland's economic stability as it would require Bern to amend existing bilateral agreements with the EU, the country's largest trade partner, to bring them into compliance with the Swiss Constitution.
The proposal's defeat comes ahead of pending decisions by the Swiss government over whether to sign a wide-ranging EU "framework agreement," and a controversial UN "migration pact."
Switzerland is not a member of the EU, but has gained access to the European single market by signing a series of bilateral agreements in which Switzerland has given away large slices of its national sovereignty, including control over boundaries and immigration. In all, Switzerland has more than 120 bilateral agreements that govern its relations with the European Union.
The EU is now pressing Switzerland to sign a comprehensive "framework agreement" that would require Bern to cede even more sovereignty to Brussels. The EU, for instance, wants Switzerland to subject itself to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). If Switzerland complies with the demand, the ECJ would outrank the Swiss Supreme Court as the final arbiter of legal disputes in the country.
The EU has now increased the pressure by resorting to blackmail: Brussels is making its continued recognition of Switzerland's SIX Swiss Exchange, the fourth-largest stock market in Europe, contingent on Swiss acceptance of the framework agreement. Switzerland's current stock exchange agreement with the EU expires at the end of December; failure to renew it would deprive the Swiss exchange of EU-based business that generates more than half its volume.
Swiss leaders have said they doubt that any proposed treaty could win the backing of parliament or voters in a referendum under the Swiss system of direct democracy.
Bloomberg News encapsulated the dilemma facing Switzerland:
"The Swiss government now faces the prospect of choosing between two evils: agree to the EU framework deal only to have it torpedoed by voters in a referendum, or renege on the treaty and risk reprisals from Brussels that hurt the economy."
A key point of contention in Swiss-EU relations revolves around a long-running dispute over the EU's "Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons." The agreement, which Switzerland signed in June 1999, allows EU citizens to live and work in Switzerland, and vice versa. The original agreement applied to 15 EU member states, but with the enlargement of the European Union in 2004, 2007 and 2013, the agreement now applies to 28 EU member states, including the poorer countries in Eastern Europe.
In an effort to curb the increasing amount of crime associated with immigration, Swiss voters in November 2010 approved a referendum to deport foreigners who commit serious crimes in Switzerland.
The EU warned that deporting EU citizens for any reason would be a violation of Switzerland's treaty obligations regarding the free movement of persons. The Swiss parliament, seeking to avoid economic reprisals, eventually passed a watered-down law aimed at reconciling the will of Swiss voters with Switzerland's obligations under EU law.
SVP MP Adrian Amstutz argued that in its zeal to please the EU, the Swiss parliament's new deportation law would prove to be worthless in practice:
"According to the parliament's implementation of the law for the deportation initiative, courts would have the possibility to put aside a deportation — even in the case of the most serious offenses — via the hardship clause. Current legal practices show that judges would frequently make use of this option. As a consequence, hardly any foreign criminals would be deported."
In February 2014, Swiss voters approved a referendum to reintroduce quotas for immigration from EU countries. Proponents of the quotas argued that foreign workers were driving down wages and increasing demand for housing, health, education and transport.
The EU warned that any restrictions on access to the Swiss labor market would violate the agreement on the freedom of movement of persons, and threatened"serious consequences." The Swiss parliament again yielded to EU pressure, this time by passing watered-down restrictions on immigration.
Another flashpoint in bilateral relations involves the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In November 2014, the ECHR prohibited Switzerland from sending Afghan asylum seekers back to Italy. Although Italian authorities had agreed to take them back, the ECHR ruled that doing so would violate Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Prohibition of Inhuman and Degrading Treatments) because of overcrowding and poor conditions at Italian asylum facilities.
SVP leader Christoph Blocher criticized the ECHR for ignoring the principle of subsidiarity, which holds that decisions should be taken, if possible, at the local level:
"Don't we trust federal judges to decide on human rights issues? We had those principles written into our constitution well before the ECHR. The problem with the convention is that it decides things from far away. The consequences, what happens next, don't concern the judges."
Martin Schubarth, a former Swiss federal judge, echoed those concerns:
"It is unacceptable that a small panel of [ECHR] judges, who generally lack the expert knowledge about the [Swiss] legislative authority, handle matters in an undemocratic way instead of the [Swiss] authority itself."
In February 2018, Swiss public television SRF reported that the European Commission had presented the Swiss government with a 19-page "sin list" of Swiss violations of EU law.
Switzerland's ongoing disputes with the EU, and the concomitant erosion of Swiss sovereignty, prompted the SVP to sponsor the referendum to ensure the precedence of Swiss law.
The sponsor of the initiative, SVP MP Hans-Ueli Vogt, expressed surprise at the scale of the defeat — a rare setback for the SVP, one of the most successful anti-EU parties in Europe — but said he would continue to fight against "creeping EU accession."
The measure was opposed by a coalition of Swiss business groups, which convincingly argued that the referendum was a question of economics and access to international markets for the export-dependent country. "Ultimately, it is about maintaining prosperity in Switzerland and keeping the companies and jobs here," said Monika Rühl, director of the business group Economiesuisse.
Some Swiss newspapers described result of the referendum as a "fiasco" and a "serious setback" for the SVP. Others were more circumspect. "The object of the initiative was very legitimate: it was about national sovereignty and its relationship with international law in a globalized world," noted La Liberté, a paper based in Fribourg. The Geneva-based L'Express added:
"The SVP suffered a defeat because it failed to mobilize and convince beyond its base. The voters wanted a pragmatic assessment between international law and national law. Depending on the situation, one or the other should apply. The definitive prevalence of one over the other, on the other hand, is not shared by the majority."
La Tribune de Genève wrote: "What the Swiss have supported this Sunday is a pragmatic, negotiated, piecemeal approach to our national interests. Voting is in no way a declaration of love to a European Union in crisis."
The Swiss People's Party said that despite the loss, the referendum "brought a welcome and suppressed debate about the relationship between Swiss law and international law and the importance of direct democracy." The SVP added that its fight for Swiss self-determination would continue:
"First of all, the SVP demands that Switzerland not join the UN migration pact. We are counting on the pledges of the representatives of the other parties, that at the very least it is presented to the parliament with the aim of holding a referendum on the matter, so that Swiss voters can have their say about such a far-reaching pact.
"Secondly, the SVP rejects a one-sided submission to EU institutions, aimed at establishing an institutional connection of Switzerland to the EU apparatus, with a dynamic EU legal takeover and, ultimately, the subordination of Switzerland to the EU Court of Justice. A dynamic adoption of EU law would be another massive erosion of our direct democracy."