Well - as inhabitant of the EEC, you should know pretty well that every country who
a) had the vote (and not only elections) had to remove that vote BEFORE joyning (ask the austrians!)
b) is dictated by Brussel - if just member of the EEC or not. Ask Lichtenstein and Norway.
Hint: there’s a reason why the PEOPLE of these countries regret ever having VOTED to joyn the EEC. You know - people don’t love being dicated by some german chancelor…
As for the topic:
I’d just wish the European Union wouldn’t be so f…king antidemocratic! Why do we Swiss have to negotiate each field in seperate contracts? Because the EU doesn’t want to upgrade the freetrade-agreement anymore (otherwhise there’d be no need for CH to joyn, right?).
FURTHERMORE: the reason why negotiations between CH and EU are so hard:
the EU has a history of NOT keeping to the contracts, breaking them as means of pressure (eg. Erasmus, Schengen, Dublin (Italy and Germany are giving refugees money if they promise to travel to CH!), and more - newest example: “Börsenäquivalenz” (the thing about secure stock exchange; canceled, because the swiss federal counsil didn’t sign a contract that has WORSE conditions than the one offered to the UK for Brexit! Read: that the swiss federal council didn’t overturn the VOTE as Brussel dictated!). The EU does this not only with Switzerland - just look at what the Brits had to endure AFTER THE VOTE WAS MADE PUBLIC. Hint: EU started canceling contracts due to “Brexit” while the UK is still a member.
This lead to the simple fact, that:
a) we Swiss know VERY WELL what contracts we have (we vote yes or no to them, ya know)
b) SEE what the EU is doing with these contracts
c) thus know:
- there is a contract that allowes EQUAL collaboration for all banking- and insurance-issue
- the EU never kept to that contract
- we also know that long before the EC decided to implement an EEA, there was a well going alternative, called “EFTA”. Invented by the UK, but decentralised; France and Germany couldn’t handle that decentralised approach. Rest is history. It’s not “countrys not joyning EEA” that isolate themselves, it’s the EU isolating countries that don’t joyn EEA. Little difference in words, but a big one in meaning.
ALSO, just to be completly on topic:
Revolut has a history of handling us swiss clients as “2nd class clients”; i know you’ll reply with something like “high salarys” aso, but just keep in mind: premium-subscriptions aso have the same price for swiss, yet a very limited set of “value” for swiss.
I know it’s risky asking a “proEU-guy” about the human rights, but do you know article 14 of the european human rights convention?
there are other companys not wanting to anger Brussels by making business with non EEA-countrys. eg. Curve. At least they have the audacity of pulling out of that market, and not treat people like sh…t to make it clear that “with us or against us” is as totalitarian as it can get.
So if revolut does not want to offer its services to swiss residents - well ok, 's decission, right? But at least they should go the full way, don’t you think?
Just ask yourself how long would you be treated like a “2nd class citizen” before raising your voice? (and keep that in mind before bashing on other countries)
Sorry for the long thing here, and some slight OT.