Few refugees from Greece
Thirty Syrians and Iraqis are being sent from a Greek reception center to
Luxembourg, as part of a relocation plan agreed by the EU countries to manage
the large migration flows. Luxembourg has offered to receive about 400 of the
total 160,000 that need to be placed.
Overview of the capital city of Luxembourg, including information about its population, economy, geography, history and map.
Luxembourg is no longer a tax haven
The OECD deletes Luxembourg, as well as Cyprus and Seychelles, from its list
of countries that do not cooperate on information exchange. They are now placed
in a new category with countries that "essentially" follow the rules.
Three no in referendum
Voters vote down by a large margin a proposal to give citizens who lack
citizenship the right to vote in national elections. Only 22 percent support the
proposal, which would have increased the electorate by a full 50 percent. A
large majority also say no to lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 and to
introducing a ten-year limit for the Cabinet of Ministers (a proposal tabled
after Juncker's 19 years as prime minister).
The head of government includes same-sex marriage
15th of May
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has been marrying his partner for many years,
thus becoming the first sitting EU head of government to enter into same-sex
The OECD warns Luxembourg
The OECD urges the country to broaden its economic base and not just rely on
the financial sector. The background is stricter international rules that are
intended to make it more difficult for large companies to use financial services
abroad to avoid tax, which is a cornerstone of Luxembourg's economy.