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Luxembourg heads for early polls, Juncker likely to run

Luxembourg Thursday appeared set for a snap October election, the day after Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker's coalition collapsed in a scandal over misconduct within the tiny nation's secret service. Juncker, Europe's longest-serving leader, headed to the royal palace proposing that Grand Duke Henri call early elections after his junior coalition partners, the Socialists, broke ranks in a rare moment of high political drama over Luxembourg's dysfunctional intelligence service.

Luxembourg's Juncker resigns as spy scandal fells government

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The Luxembourg government resigned on Thursday, brought down by a spying and corruption scandal that shook the tiny country better known for wealthy bankers than political intrigue. Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister since 1995 and the European Union's longest serving government chief, tendered his resignation to Grand Duke Henri, the royal head of state who himself has been implicated in media reports of espionage.

Veteran Luxembourg PM Juncker resigns in spy scandal

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Europe's longest-serving leader, was expected to call for early elections Thursday after his coalition collapsed in a scandal over misconduct within the tiny nation's secret service. In a rare moment of political drama in usually uneventful Luxembourg, Juncker told parliament on Wednesday he was stepping down after his junior coalition partners, the Socialists, introduced a motion calling for early elections.

Luxembourg spying scandal breaks Juncker government

By Michele Sinner BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday bowed to pressure for an early election after his junior coalition partner blamed him for failing to curb abuses of power by the secret service. "I will convene the government tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. (0800 GMT) and will go to the Palace to suggest snap elections to the Grand duke," Juncker told parliament.

Luxembourg spying scandal breaks Juncker government

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Luxembourg will hold new elections after the junior coalition partner in Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker's government said he should take political responsibility for failing to curb abuse of power by the secret service. Luxembourg's parliament on Wednesday reviewed a report it commissioned on the security agency's illegal bugging of politicians, purchase of cars for private use and allegations it took payments and favors in exchange for access to local officials.

Juncker's fate at stake in Luxembourg spy scandal vote

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Europe's longest-serving leader, Wednesday faces parliament over a secret service scandal that could cost him his premiership. Though aged only 58, Juncker has been in office for 18 years and in government for 30. He is best known in Europe for a tumultuous eight year stint as head of the eurozone finance ministers group, which ended in January.

Luxembourg spying scandal threatens Juncker government

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Luxembourg faced the prospect of early elections being called on Wednesday, with a parliamentary debate about a spying scandal threatening to topple long-standing prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker's ruling coalition. Juncker, who became prime minister in 1995 and is the European Union's longest serving head of government, is under scrutiny because of his alleged failure to curb abuse of power by the secret service.

Juncker survives Luxembourg's first confidence vote in 150 years

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Europe's longest-serving leader, Thursday survived the tiny nation's first confidence vote in 150 years. The motion, brought by the two main opposition parties, said the former Eurogroup head's coalition government was in an "untenable" position due to allegations that a minister pressured a prosecutor to drop legal proceedings over a series of bombings in the 1980s.
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