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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Switzerland and the European Economic and Monetary Integration Process


  • Vallet, Guillaume

    () (Université Pierre Mendès-France de Grenoble)


The case of Switzerland appears to be unique with regard to the European Economic and Monetary Integration Process which began in 1957: even though the country has cultivated close ties and growing links with the European Union (EU) over time, it does not desire full membership. If this situation of “non-adhesive integration” seems to be beneficial for Switzerland in many respects, it also presents some constraints. Such a position leads to a national dilemma for Switzerland with regard to the EU: should I stay or should I go? Thus we shall examine in this article the particularities, the advantages, and the constraints of the Swiss stance.

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  • Vallet, Guillaume, 2012. "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Switzerland and the European Economic and Monetary Integration Process," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 27, pages 366-385.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0577

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    Switzerland; European Union; Economic and Monetary Integration;

    JEL classification:

    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange


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