Luxembourg. An eavesdropping and corruption scandal that
was unveiled in July usually shook Luxembourg calm and
caused the government to fall. A parliamentary inquiry
presented information that the intelligence service SREL
bought luxury cars as bribes and listened to politicians,
activists and businessmen. Prime Minister Jean-Claude
Juncker was accused of failing to monitor SREL properly. He
was considered have spent too much time on the assignment as
chairman of the Eurogroup, an assignment he left at the
beginning of the year.
Countryaah, the scandal prompted the Socialist Party LSAP, which was
a member of the coalition government with Juncker's
Christian Democratic CSV, to demand fresh elections.
Juncker, who had been prime minister for 18 years, announced
his departure but remained as acting head of government.
The new election was held in October. CSV lost some, but
remained the biggest party with 23 of the 60 seats. LSAP and
the Liberal DP were given 13 seats each and the Green Party
6, and the three parties decided to form government
together. Luxembourg thus got its first government without
the Christian Democrats since the 1970s. In early December,
the new government took office with Liberal Xavier Bettel as