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Change the Luxembourg flag?

30.07.2015 From our online archive
A petitioner is calling for a referendum to put the "Roude Léiw" or Red Lion on Luxembourg's national flag.

A petitioner is calling for a referendum to put the "Roude Léiw" or Red Lion on Luxembourg's national flag.

Marc Dax has submitted petition 523, which opened on Thursday, to put the issue to popular vote by holding a referendum.

The current "rout, Waiß blo” (red, white and blue) flag has in the past been easily mistaken for other national flags, for example the Netherlands.

“Since it is in the national interest that the flag of a country is unmistakable and this is not the case at the moment, it would be in the interests of all Luxembourgers to bring about a change,” Mr Dax wrote in his petition submission.

Luxembourg's current red, white and blue flag was officially adopted in 1972, although it has been used since 1848.

The colours are thought to derive from the coat of arms of Luxembourg's counts and dukes.

The red lion symbol, which comes from the Coat of Arms of Luxembourg, appears on the Luxembourg maritime flag, on a backdrop of white and blue horizontal lines.

It is not the first time someone has tried to change the country's flag. In 2006, CSV Deputy Michel Wolter proposed legislation to add the red lion, arguing that the current flag was confused with the Netherlands' version.

The idea became so popular it spawned the Initiativ Roude Léiw, which campaigns for the adoption of the red lion ensign.

It was not clear whether the petition author was part of this campaign group. 

Petition 523 is open for online signatures for the next six weeks. If it achieves 4,500 signatures or more, deputies are obliged to debate the subject in parliament.

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