Swiss voters narrowly backed a free trade deal signed with Indonesia, opening up a vast potential market with the world’s fourth most populous country.
Controversy surrounding the importation of Indonesian palm oil and its sustainability fuelled enough concern in Switzerland to trigger a public vote on the agreement.
But the deal scraped through the public approval test with 51.7 per cent of the vote, on a 51 per cent turnout.
Supporters voiced relief at the result but said they would have to be more sensitive to environmental issues in any future votes on trade agreements. Read More.