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The Swiss Open Up
After the E.U. constitution was rejected by the French and Dutch, and another bitter scrap broke out over the E.U. budget, Brussels won a quiet sign of support last week from an unlikely corner. In a referendum, 55% of Swiss voters approved joining the E.U.-run Schengen area, which lifts internal border checks. Integration doesn't come easy to the Swiss. Voters declined membership of the European Economic Area, a staging post to full E.U. membership, in 1992; a poll in 2001 shelved the possibility of membership talks even though around two-thirds of the country's exports...

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