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Sankt Gallen calls for new canton to be added

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Sept. 20, 2019

Could Switzerland get a new canton?

Pixabay Sankt Gallen calls for new canton to be added

Canton Sankt Gallen is calling for the neighbouring Austrian region of Vorarlberg to be admitted to the Confederation.

The move comes after two surveys in Vorarlberg which show a majority support for the idea.

The Sankt Gallen cantonal MP Martin Sailer has submitted a bill calling for the region’s admission to Switzerland. He says the regions share a language and culture.

The proposal is not new. In 1919 81% of Vorarlberg residents voted to start negotiations.

How Vienna would react to the idea of Austria losing part of its territory is not known. But there are no plans to move the border posts just yet.

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