European Union politicians fear other countries will follow Switzerland's lead in restricting immigration.
Voters in the alpine nation rejected a plan that would have increased taxes to fund state pension coffers. The retirement age for women would have also gone up, as the nation struggles to deal with an aging populace.
The rich northern regions had voted for greater autonomy in two separate referendums on Sunday. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has said talks will not undermine Italy's unity.
The Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto are holding referendums on Sunday in a bid for more autonomy from Rome. But has the crisis in Catalonia put a damper on their aspirations? Megan Williams finds out.
A measure to ease bureaucratic hurdles has passed with more than 60 percent, according to local media. Right-wing lawmakers said they were "alone against everyone" in rejecting the proposal.
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