Promoting trade over protectionism

Switzerland is undoubtedly among the most developed and affluent states in the world. As a small, open economy, Switzerland earns most of its income abroad. With recent politically motivated changes to transatlantic trade agreements, Switzerland needs to revaluate its foreign trade strategy and be prepared to make some compromises on protected sectors of the economy.
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NFA 2 – Towards a Revitalisation of Swiss Federalism

Switzerland’s federal state structure enjoys a high degree of acceptance among Swiss citizens in a globalized world. To secure this vital state function in the future, the new study by Avenir Suisse calls for the implementation of "NFA 2" (Intercantonal Tax Allocation 2) to fundamentally revitalize the fiscal nature of Swiss federalism. The handling of fiscal transfers between the cantons is to be clarified, and a clearer separation of responsibilities between the federal government and the cantons must be promoted.
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