Feb 4, 2016

Luxembourg stakes out legal framework for asteroid mining

Luxembourg has positioned itself to pioneer the potentially lucrative business of mining asteroids in space for precious metals such as gold, platinum and tungsten. The government on Wednesday announced steps to create a legal framework for exploiting resources beyond Earth’s atmosphere, and said it ...

Artist arrested for posing naked beside painting of a nude in Paris museum

Jan 18, 2016

Artist arrested for posing naked beside painting of a nude in Paris museum

A woman has been arrested for indecent exposure after lying down naked in Paris’s Musee d’Orsay in front of Edouard Manet’s similarly nude painting of the prostitute Olympia, her lawyer said Sunday. Museum-goers were enjoying an exhibition entitled “Splendor and Misery: Images of Prostitution ...

Mar 21, 2015

Switzerland, Luxembourg both plan to join China-led development bank

Switzerland and Luxembourg are planning to join the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China’s Finance Ministry said, the latest European nations to sign up to the multilateral lender which has drawn skepticism from the United States. Britain, France, Germany and Italy have already announced ...

Jan 24, 2015

Second French suspect charged over 'Luxleaks' tax probe

A second French suspect was charged Friday with theft and money-laundering in ongoing investigations into the leaking of secret tax avoidance deals between Luxembourg and multinational companies, a scandal dubbed “Luxleaks.” The identity of the new suspect was not released, but he is a ...

Nov 7, 2014

ICIJ busy blowing the whistle on corporate tax schemes

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which on Thursday revealed a massive tax evasion system organized by Luxembourg, is a collective of journalists spanning more than 60 countries seeking to root out cross-border crime, corruption and power abuses. Founded in 1997 by U.S. ...

Luxembourg's leader slips in snap elections

Oct 21, 2013

Luxembourg's leader slips in snap elections

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker says he will try to form a new government after his party took a clear lead in snap elections, but support for Europe’s longest-serving leader has slipped. Official results from Sunday’s polls showed that his conservative Christian Social People’s ...

Veteran Luxembourg premier steps down over spy scandal

Jul 11, 2013

Veteran Luxembourg premier steps down over spy scandal

Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Europe’s longest-serving leader, Wednesday said he would step down over a scandal involving the secret services, who were alleged to have indulged in a spate of misconduct on his watch. After his junior coalition partner, the Socialists, put down ...