The hard right's victory in Swiss elections on Oct. 19 is likely to spell the end of Switzerland's consensus politics and to complicate the country's relations with the European Union. Opposed to closer EU ties, the Swiss People's Party, which is led by controversial industrialist-turned-politician Christoph Blocher, scored more votes than any other party. It now wants two seats in the seven-member coalition government, instead of the one seat it is traditionally apportioned. If Blocher is refused, the SVP will become Switzerland's first real opposition party. Either way, Blocher has a platform for his anti-immigrant agenda.
Edited by Rose Brady