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Juncker confident over Luxembourg vote despite tight race

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Juncker confident over Luxembourg vote despite tight race


The future of the EU’s longest serving head of government hangs in the balance as Luxembourg votes in an election held early after a spying scandal brought down the last coalition.

Former Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker denies he is eyeing up Brussels again as he seeks a fifth term as prime minister.

“The results according to my hope should be in line with the results we had last time, and the time before, so we’ll see tonight in what way electors are distributing their cards,” Juncker said after he had voted on Sunday morning.

Euronews correspondent Sándor Zsiros asked him whether he had ambitions to become president of the European Commission.

“No no no, I made it perfectly clear that I don’t have (such) an ambition, a future in Brussels. I hope that my future is here (in Luxembourg),” he replied.

The opposition is hoping to capitalise on the last coalition’s collapse following the Socialists’ withdrawal.

Juncker was blamed over the spy scandal which exposed the extent of secret service snooping on politicians and the public.

Added to this is rising unemployment and debt in albeit one of the world’s richest countries.

“When I think back to the campaign, what we did in the last weeks and last months, people are really waiting for political change here in Luxembourg. That’s what they wish after this election,” said Claude Meisch, leader of the opposition Democratic Party.

With opinion polls banned in the run-up to the election the outcome is hard to predict.

The EU’s second smallest country has been one of Europe’s most politically stable – but is that set to change?

Euronews correspondent Sándor Zsiros said:
“Jean-Claude Juncker’s Christian Social People’s Party has governed Luxembourg almost continuously over the last 60 years, except for one term. But now, his reelection is in question as analysts say the election race will be tight.”

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