Der Bau von Minaretten ist verboten.
— Swiss Federal Constitution, Article 72, Paragraph 3
— Total number of existing minarets in Switzerland.
“The construction of minarets is forbidden.”
Rarely has such a short sentence of legislation caused such a stir worldwide. But as small Switzerland is, as powerful is its economic; and in parallel, as short as this addition to the swiss constitution is, as explosive its consequences may be.
An overall of 57% of swiss voters supported this addition, causing reactions from utter disbelief and shock to suggestions to follow this example by right-wing parties all across Europe.
Switzerland has long been known for restrictive immigration policy, reservedness against refugees and generally a good bit of xenophobia among parts of its people. But this decision has caught most of Europe and even Switzerland by surprise. But why? Continue reading Xenophobia