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Germany's Steinmeier urges EU-Swiss talks on immigration limits

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter wants the EU to talk to Switzerland on Bern's plans for new immigration quotasGerman Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday urged the European Union to negotiate with Switzerland on Bern’s plans for new quotas on immigration from the bloc. “Relations with Switzerland are important to me, and I hope a deal will be found,” Steinmeier said while visiting Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter in Bern, the ATS news agency reported. Switzerland has been scrambling to find a way to implement the wishes of the people — who narrowly voted in February, 2014 to dramatically rein in immigration from the EU — without ripping up a range of decade-old treaties governing Switzerland’s ties with the bloc.

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