The Federal Council is not to be envied. In Germany trade unions and the SVP to lean against the framework agreement and from Brussels irreconcilable signals: The stock exchange of equivalence is unlikely to be extended. The EU Commission leaves no opportunity to emphasize the fact that renegotiations are out of the question.

No wonder, then, reacts to the Swiss economy increasingly nervous. “It is an escalation that will be hard to contain threatened,” says Jan Atteslander (55), head of foreign economic Affairs of the economic umbrella organisation Economiesuisse. He warns that without a framework agreement in the longer term, the whole of the bilateral way to the Dump is. With serious financial consequences. Even if the cost of such escalation can hardly be determined precisely, studies have shown that “in the case of an Erosion of the bilateral approach of Switzerland in the longer term, a year, 20 to 30 billion francs were lost,” said Atteslander.

calculations for the future are difficult to

Economiesuisse has laid down strong for a rapid agreement with Brussels to the stuff. Therefore, these estimates must be treated with appropriate caution.

calculations for the future is to be “per se is difficult,” says Jan-Egbert Sturm (49), Director of the economic research centre of the ETH Zurich (KOF). But makes it difficult for Swiss companies access to the European market, “has of course a negative impact on the economic development of the country”. That, in particular, of the protection of Wages in the negotiations is regarded as a stumbling block, it seems the Economists are not mandatory. In order to protect Swiss salaries, was mitigated by the introduction of the free movement of persons with the EU by means of accompanying measures. “However, the level of wages would have remained even without the these measures are likely to be quite stable,” says storm.