After all the excitement of the votes in France and Holland, the Swiss vote today has somewhat slipped under the radar. This is partly because the Swiss regularly put questions to a referendum and today they are having one with two questions on the ballot. The first is whether to permit same-sex marriage and seems likely to pass. The second is whether the Swiss should sign the EU's Schengen and Dublin agreements about freedom of movement (no passports) and sharing of immigration data.
This one is much more controversial as it is seen as a way for the government to move towards joining the EU despite the rejection of that proposal last time it was put to the vote. Of course those who are in favour of closer relations with the EU see it differently and fear that if there are too many "No" votes the EU will simply ignore Switzerland and that this will be bad for Switzerland.
It also potentially affects some of the differences of Switzerland such as its widespread gun ownership. This is not a trivial difference between Switzerland and the rest of Europe, Switzerland has a higher percentage of private gun ownership than the USA let alone anywhere else in Europe. This heavily armed state has been the case for literally hundreds of years and many Swiss see it as the reason why Switzerland remains an independant country.
For those of us who are Eurosceptics the Swiss are an excellent example of how it is possible to work with ones neighbours in Europe without being a part of the EU. Although I sometimes find the Swiss to be rather selfish, on the whole I sympathise with them in their desire to remain apart from the idiocies that occur in the Europe outside their mountains and valleys.