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(CS) Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker addressed the Grand Duchy's foreign community in his National Day speech, as well as speaking on climate change and the financial crisis.
The Premier said he welcomed everyone who had come to Luxembourg from beyond the country's borders, saying the foreign community was enriching the Grand Duchy through its know-how, work and culture.
He added that everyone beyond Luxembourg's borders should know that “we want to live together with you in harmony, at the service of the same European cause, which forms the intersection of our volition and hopes.”
“All the happiness in the world” for Guillaume and Stéphanie
In his speech, broadcast via radio at 6pm on Friday night, the Premier also addressed some of the problems the country was facing.
He emphasised once again the need to address Luxembourg's finances in order to avoid rising debt and deficits. Juncker added that Greece's problems were not yet solved and that the crisis there could yet impact other countries in the eurozone.
But he also spoke on the need to protect the environment, saying that politics should play an increasing role in ensuring the future of the planet for generations to come.
Finally, the Premier also used the occasion to wish “all the happiness in the world” to Prince Guillaume and his fiancée Countess Stéphanie. “This marriage is not just their celebration,” he said. “It is also our celebration, as this marriage ensures the continuity of our dynasty, which renders a great service to our country.”