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The Federal Council has given a green light to further talks “to consolidate the bilateral approach” to relations with the European Union, announces Le Temps. However, the Geneva daily points out that strict limits will be imposed on what is up for negotiation: “There will be no question of ever allowing the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to rule against Switzerland or to issue judgements in Swiss disputes with the EU.”

The newspaper explains that —

the strategy being followed not only makes it possible to negotiate new agreements, but also to establish sustainable and reliable relations.

The European Commission has indicated it will consult with Europe’s 28 member states to obtain a negotiation mandate before the end of the year.