Despite being a leader of France, the founding father of the European Union Robert Schuman was born in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to a Luxembourg mother. Anyone that knows their European Union rights knows they have a Schengen passport, Schengen is a town in Luxembourg.
Former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker is the President of the European Commission, making him equivalent to Europe’s president.
Luxembourg’s Prime Minster Xavier Bettel is often seen in circles with Europe’s most important leaders, despite governing one of its tiniest countries.
Luxembourg’s diplomats are highly respected by US Foreign Service Officers (Diplomats) and others as incredibly effective in multilateral global institutions.
What’s behind this penchant for leadership and bridge building?
Luxembourg has always been a country that has acted as a crossroads. Indeed, Luxembourg’s importance first came from the very strategic position of the fort that was the precursor to Luxembourg City. Having long been at the intersection of Europe, Luxembourgers are fluent in both French and German, allowing them to communicate at a native level with the two largest linguistic groups in the Europe (France/Belgium and German, Austria, Switzerland). Moreover, as one of Europe’s tiniest states, Luxembourg needs the support of its neighbors in order to survive.
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HEAD OF STATE : Grand Duke Henri
HEIR APPARENT TO THE THROWN: Prince Guillaume
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT: Xavier Bettel
EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT: Jean-Claude Juncker