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Scandal-proof Juncker tipped for Luxembourg poll win

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Scandal-proof Juncker tipped for Luxembourg poll win


Luxembourg is voting on Sunday in an early election sparked by a spying and corruption scandal.

Jean-Claude Juncker’s government collapsed in July amid claims he had failed to curb abuse of power by the secret services, including illegal phone tapping.

An official report concluded that Juncker had limited control over the agency and had not reported its questionable operations.

He denies any wrongdoing and, despite the scandal, his conservative Christian Social Party is expected to top the poll.

“Normally, in other western democracies, the popularity of the prime minister would be destroyed but it is not the case,” said Philippe Poirier, a political science professor at the University of Luxembourg. “In the last survey published three weeks ago, we see 65 percent of the inhabitants of Luxembourg continue to support Mr Juncker.”

Luxembourg’s prime minister since 1995, until recently Juncker also chaired euro zone finance ministers’ meetings. Accused by critics of putting Europe first, he has pledged to refocus on the Grand Duchy if re-elected.

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