The right-wing Swiss People’s Party (Schweizerische Volkspartei, SVP) seems to spark controversy every time it puts up a political poster.

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The right-wing Swiss People’s Party (Schweizerische Volkspartei, SVP) seems to spark controversy every time it puts up a political poster. (Who can forget its placards in favour of last year’s referendum to ban minarets, which depicted the spires as menacing rockets atop the country’s flag.) Last week, new billboards appeared on streets in Canton Ticino showing rats taking bites out of Swiss cheese. But instead of creeping Islamisation, this time party officials had a new target: next-door neighbour Italy.

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