Luxembourg | Diplomatic Conflicts with the role model of the EU

Article published on May 13, 2009
Article published on May 13, 2009
One of the smallest states in the European Union is back in the public news coverage, but not in the way they want to be. The reason: The latest utterances of the German Minister of Finance, Peer Steinbrück, about tax heavens in Europe and his mention of the grand duchy of Luxembourg.

The controversial discussions about the special financial possibilities in Luxembourg (and other states like Austria or Switzerland) and the harsh words from Germany cause an on-going diplomatic crisis in the European Union. Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker responded in an emotional way, but the Luxembourgers are too European to bear a grudge.

Integrated in the Benelux, Luxembourg is one of the grounding states of the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1957 and one of the most enthusiastic states concerning the European Union. The country is also known for the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Auditors.

A Luxembourger is Europe's leading politician

First and foremost, Juncker is the leading European politician. Under his governmental responsibility, Luxembourg administrated the Presidency of the European Council twice, 1997 and 2005. Juncker also received the German Karlspreis for special achievements concerning the European Union in 2006. Exactly 20 years after the award ceremony in Aachen, where the whole nation of Luxembourg received the award for their European attitude.

Well, and this years voter participation is expected to be in a fine tradition: Since 1979, between 87 and 90 per cent of the voters went to the elections of the European Parliament – one of the highest value in the whole Union. All the Luxembourgers are bent on voting and remain true to themselves, as a perfect example for the other members of the European Union.

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