Social Democrats gain in Swiss parliamentary elections

18/10/2015

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The Party of European Socialists (PES) congratulates the Social democratic Party (SP) of Switzerland for the positive results in the parliamentary election of 23 October. In a climate of general loss of voters among all the national parties, the SP remained the second party of the country and strengthened its position with 4 more seats in the National Council. The conservatives were the most affected by the poll results: the largest political party, the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), characterized by its opposition to immigration and the European integration, lost 8 seats in the lower house.

Regarding the result of the elections, PES General Secretary Philip Cordery emphasized that; “after 20 years of conservative gain in Switzerland, this shift in the political balance of the country is not a mere coincidence. The electoral penalty for the conservatives is the cost of their populist discourse and xenophobic measures. A profound social change is already on the way, both in Switzerland and Europe, and the whole world is witnessing its first steps”.