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Juncker and Asselborn congratulate Chancellor Merkel
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Juncker and Asselborn congratulate Chancellor Merkel

23.09.2013 From our online archive
Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn have congratulated Angela Merkel on her election win, with just a month to go until Luxembourg heads to the polls.

(CS/fh) Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn have congratulated Angela Merkel on her election win, with just a month to go until Luxembourg heads to the polls.

Juncker told the “Luxemburger Wort” on Sunday that he was happy to see the clear win of the CDU/CSU in Germany. He also said that this makes it clear that “conservative powers of the centre” are still going strong.

He commented that Merkel is the first head of government to be re-elected since the financial crisis began, giving credit to her government's policies. However, he added that the results from Germany could not be read as an indicator for what the Luxembourg elections might bring, saying that the conditions and the atmosphere were different in both countries.

In an official letter to the chancellor, published on Monday, Juncker wrote: “I am convinced that a federal government led by you will contribute to the deepening of the relations between our two countries and the consolidation of European construction. I look forward to the continuation of our friendly cooperation.”

Foreign Minister and Vice-PM Jean Asselborn said that Germany had avoided political fragmentation, as recently seen in the Norwegian elections. However, he showed concern that euro-sceptic party “AfD – Alternative für Deutschland” had only closely missed the 5 percent hurdle to enter parliament.

The party wants Germany to exit the euro, an attitude that Asselborn called “politically extremely dangerous.”

Meanwhile, the minister applauded the fact that far right-wing or xenophobic parties had not gained ground in the elections.