A sign at the Swiss French border with town of Ferney Voltaire in Le Grand-Saconnex near Geneva, February 10, 2014.
Denis Balibouse / Courtesy Reuters

It is not often that small and peaceful Switzerland makes headlines across Europe. But it did earlier this year, when the Swiss voted by a narrow margin (50.3 percent) to amend their constitution so that the federal government could regulate immigration from neighboring European countries. According to the amendment, the Swiss government has three years to draft and enact such regulations. If it follows through, the days of unrestricted labor movement -- a requirement for Switzerland’s continued bilateral relationship with the European Union -- will be over. No wonder, then, that across Europe, national leaders and observers decried Switzerland’s

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