There will be a live debate tonight on Radio Télévision Suisse (formerly TSR) concerning a constitutional amendment that will be voted on by the people this coming 17 June, requiring a popular vote to approve international treaties.
The amendment would require a majority of the people and the cantons to approve any international treaty that:
1. Results in a multilateral unification of laws in important domains. [read in the notion of a “super-national” structure such as the EU, of which Switzerland is not a member, but is bound to by various “bilateral accords”]
2. Obliges Switzerland to accept future legal rules in important domains. [The current US-CH taxation treaty is an example, although I think it cannot supersede the Constitution as it is not fully self-executing (no definition of what a US or a former US citizen is) and its passage was unconstitutional as the Swiss Confederation must protect the rights of the people(Art 2, CFS).]
3. Delegates legal jurisdiction to foreign or international institutions in important domains.
4. Results in costs of more than 1 billion francs or recurring costs of more than 100 million [I suppose they mean per year].
Swiss Francophone TV: Infrarouge Debate 15 Mai 2012
I am in favor of this amendment, as it would protect us from parliament and federal council members who kneel in front of the US and accept treaties that violate our own constitutional and legal principles.
Here is a link to the short version of the debates: Accords avec l’étranger: la parole au peuple, version courte
As before, there is a page for Internet-based debate on the issues. Please would any of you at IBS who speak French make some comments.