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Stalled EU treaty close to collapse as Swiss cabinet meets

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By Michael Shields ZURICH (Reuters) – A framework to simplify and strengthen ties between Switzerland and European Union was close to collapsing on Wednesday as the Bern government met to consider whether to break off talks over ratification of a draft treaty struck in 2018. The two sides failed at a summit last month to resolve differences over a pact widely criticised within Switzerland and which focuses on five areas: free movement of people, civil aviation, land transport, mutual recognition of industrial standards and processed farm goods. Switzerland insisted on more concessions on state…

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