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Juncker’s Party Wins Early Elections in Luxembourg (1)

October 20, 2013

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, the longest-serving head of government in the 28-nation European Union, said he will have coalition talks with the other parties in the coming days. Photographer: Georges Gobet/AFP via Getty Images

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker’s Christian Social People’s party, or CSV, won early national elections.

Almost final results show CSV getting 23 out of 60 Parliament seats, the Socialists, or LSAP, won 13 seats; and the Liberals, or DP, will got 13 seats.

Juncker, the longest-serving head of government in the 28-nation European Union, said he will have coalition talks with the other parties in the coming days. In the outgoing government, CSV has been in coalition with LSAP, the party that sought early elections over Juncker’s responsibility in a spying scandal.

CSV has been in government since 1945, except for the five years between 1974 and 1979. Juncker, who turns 59 in December, has been Luxembourg’s prime minister since 1995.

“The distance between our party and the others stays significantly big,” Juncker said in a speech at CSV event tonight. “We remain the strongest party in this country.”

The challenge to Juncker came after a July 5 report to parliament said he was “politically responsible” for failing to inform lawmakers of “irregularities and supposed illegalities” by the State Intelligence Service. The Socialists, his coalition partner for years, submitted a motion for early elections and Juncker was left with no choice but to call a vote.

Front Lines

Juncker, a driving force behind the euro currency, stepped back from the front lines of Europe’s debt crisis in January, when he ceded the presidency of the Eurogroup, a post he had held since 2005, to Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

A signatory of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty that created the European Union and led to the introduction of the single currency, Juncker served as an intermediary between Germany and France in hammering out the deficit-limiting stability pact (EUGNEMUQ:US) in 1996 and in softening it in 2005.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephanie Bodoni in Luxembourg at sbodoni@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net


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