This is not breaking news (it hit Swiss papers on 9-20-2011), but I´m sure it´s news for you guys.
Preface: Switzerland has a system of direct democracy. The people can demand a referendum on all new federal laws. Changes of the federal constitution are always subject of a referendum. The Swiss constitution offers the institution of a "constitutional initiative". If a certain number of people sign a petition to change the constitution, then a nationwide referendum will be held.
Recently, the Swiss Peoples Party (SVP), mainly a neocon collectivist party, has launched a constitutional initiative to ban gold sales by the Swiss central bank (SNB), to require the SNB to hold at least 20% of it´s assets in gold, and to store all Swiss gold in Switzerland. This is obviously a great idea. I´m actively trying to get signatures right now, although I´m not a member of this party and I think most of their positions are terrible. I´m confident that we´ll get enough signatures (100000 required by march 2013) to have a referendum. Most political parties will not support our cause, but the Swiss people have prooven that they´re voting against their politicains if they think a certain cause is just.
The icing on the cake is that - if passed - the initiative could cost us our IMF membership, because it effectively means instituting a partial gold standard (20% of the SNB assests in gold, all the time) which is prohibited for IMF members.
Official text of the initiative, translated by microsoft:
http://www.microsofttranslator.com/b...2fvis415t.htmlFederal popular initiative 'Save our Swiss Gold (gold initiative)'
The Federal Constitution1 is amended as follows:
Article 99 (new) Gold reserves of the Swiss National Bank
1 The gold reserves of the Swiss National Bank are not for sale.
2 The gold reserves of the Swiss National Bank must be stored in Switzerland.
3 The Swiss National Bank has to keep their assets to a large extent in gold. The gold content shall be not less than twenty percent.