Voters in Switzerland have endorsed new laws extending the authority of the country’s spy agencies to monitor internet traffic, tap phones, deploy spy drones and hack foreign computer systems to combat militant attacks.
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More refugees are now making their way to Germany from Italy via Switzerland, instead of the traditional route from Greece through the Balkans and Austria which have now become almost impenetrable thanks to borders being fenced off.
Migrants are also trying to find different routes after Ankara made an agreement with the European Union (EU) to accept migrants back who had made the journey across the Mediterranean from Turkey to Greece.
Brussels chiefs want to make an example of Switzerland ahead of tough Brexit negotiations, an EU source said.
After Britain’s decision to leave the EU, Switzerland’s relationship with the bloc has become more strained.
The anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party (SVP) won the biggest share of the vote in Sunday’s national parliamentary election, projections showed, keeping pressure on Bern to introduce quotas on people moving from the European Union.
The UN charter, setting up the nearest thing we have to a global government, was signed 70 years ago today, on June 26, 1945.
It is in the nature of the beast that the UN can be blamed for the faults of its members, or take the credit for humanity’s advances that would have happened anyway.