Thomson ReutersSeptember 17, 2013 09:32
By Caroline Copley
ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland hasn't fought a war with an external enemy in 200 years, but its military may now face the biggest battle of its existence - from within.
Many Swiss have questioned over the decades why Switzerland needs a military, given the lack of direct threats and long-standing position of neutrality. With 150,000 troops and six percent of the budget, the armed forces are the size of those of Austria, Belgium, Norway, Finland and Sweden - combined.