Luxembourg. From the turn of the year, language tests
were introduced in Luxembourgish, Luxembourgish, for those
who want to become citizens of the country. It is primarily
a spoken language; French and German dominate in
administration and media.
In March, Parliament passed the Act on Active Euthanasia
and assisted suicide that triggered a constitutional crisis
the year before. When Grand Duke Henri made it clear that he
did not intend to sign the law, the constitution changed. In
the new vote, his opportunity to veto the law was
eliminated. Luxembourg became the third country in Europe to
allow doctors to help patients with incurable and deadly
diseases die. According to
countryaah, the others are Belgium and the Netherlands;
Switzerland only allows assisted suicide.
In June, national elections were held. The Christian
Democratic CSV received 38 percent of the vote and 26 of the
60 seats in Parliament. This meant a slight increase, while
the socialist party LSAP backed slightly and received 13
seats. In July, the two parties formed a new coalition
government. Jean-Claude Juncker, who has been sitting since
1995, continued as prime minister. Juncker, however, left
the finance minister post, which was taken over by party
partner Luc Frieden.