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Luxembourg election threatens Juncker's long term in office

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Luxembourg election threatens Juncker's long term in office


The people of the EU’s second smallest country, Luxembourg, have been voting in a general election in which former Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker is seeking a fifth term as prime minister.

He called the vote seven months early after his Socialist coalition partners withdrew their support, holding him responsible for a secret service spying scandal.

“These elections are a bit unusual you know. It happens only two or three times per century that the government goes before the voters to have a fresh start. This is the case here, and I trust the Luxembourg people, and tonight we will try to get a coalition and a government,” said the outgoing Socialist Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn.

It is thought voters could be tempted by new faces after decades where the same party has led almost all governments.

The indefatigable Juncker finds his 18 years in office threatened by rising unemployment and debt, even though Luxembourg remains one of the world’s richest countries.

Euronews correspondent in Luxembourg Sándor Zsiros said:
“In the past few weeks opinion polls were banned from being published in Luxembourg, so this Sunday’s election could be really exciting and also, the vote will determine the future of Jean-Claude Juncker, who is Europe’s longest serving prime minister.”

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