Newspapers in Luxembourg
The daily press in Luxembourg, with a total edition of 124,000 copies. (2000,
325 newspaper sex. Per 1,000 residents), is linked to the political parties and
recipients of extensive state aid. The largest newspaper, the bilingual
Luxemburger Wort / La Voix du Luxembourg (founded in 1848, 88,000 copies), is
owned by the Catholic bishop of Luxembourg and is affiliated with the Christian
Democratic Party; the second largest, Tageblatt (founded in 1927, 30,000 ex.),
is owned by the trade union movement and is affiliated with the Social
Radio and TV advertising was financed and controlled in 1931–91 entirely by a
private monopoly, owned by Belgian-French interests, Compagnie
Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion(CLT), which in 1997 merged with the German
film and TV company UFA. CLT-UFA targets other countries in Europe, with a
number of radio and TV channels, most with RTL (Radio-Télévision Luxembourg) in
the name. The monopoly was broken in 1991 with a law that allows domestic radio
stations. RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg, which broadcasts in three languages, has
received competition from 5-6 radio stations. In 1985, the satellite company SES
(Société Européenne des Satellites) was founded in Luxembourg, which in 1988
launched the first Astra satellite and then additional satellites. SES
distributes 430 analogue and digital TV channels and 220 radio channels. There
are 391 radio and 589 TV receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).
Luxembourg lies in the borderland between the
French and German cultural spheres, and is characterized
by both. Luxembourgish writers have worked and work
partly in the country's language, Luxembourg, and partly
in German or French.
The national poet is Michel Lentz (1820-1893), who
wrote in Luxembourg. Recent successors include Pol
Greisch and René Kartheiser.
Latest population statistics of Luxembourg, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
One of the foremost German-speaking lyricists is
Anise Koltz, who has oriented herself to German culture
in her works. Edmond Dune (1914–1988), like Nic Klecker,
is regarded as the most significant French-speaking
writers and lyricists.
The dance procession in Echternach, a Catholic
tradition during Pentecost, is included in the UN body's
UNESCO list of intellectual property heritage. For
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New old government takes office
Xavier Bettel formally takes up his second term as prime minister. He leads
the same government coalition as in the first period, with liberals, social
democrats and environmentalists. Among the government's election promises
include making Luxembourg the first country in the world where all public
transport is free, legalizing cannabis and introducing two new holidays.
Bettel gets government assignment
The Grand Duke formally appoints Prime Minister Xavier Bettel as "formateur",
which means he is given the assignment to form a new government. It is expected
to be completed by the end of November or by the beginning of December.
Parliamentary elections are held
When parliamentary elections are held, the Christian Democratic CSV becomes
the largest with 28.3 percent of the vote and 21 of the 60 seats. Socialist LSAP
gets 17.6 percent (10 seats), Liberal Democratic Party 16.9 percent (12), Greens
15.1 percent (9), National Conservative ADR 8.3 percent (4), Pirate Party 6.4
percent (2) and the Left 5.5 percent (2). For the Pirate Party it means a debut
in Parliament. The turnout is 89.7 percent.
The Foreign Minister accuses Italy of fascism
Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn is angering Italy's Interior Minister Matteo
Salvini, who he is accusing of "fascist" methods. The dispute between the two
began a few days earlier when at an EU meeting in Vienna, Salvini called African
migrants "slaves", which prompted Asselborn to loudly protest. Asselborn
advocates continued immigration as a way for Europe to cope with the aging
population, while Salvini belongs to the xenophobic party Lega and wants to put
an end to migration.