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Luxembourg Prime Minister Resigns: Luxembourg Gladio Veteran Involved in Bugging Scandal

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Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [2] (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

COMMENT: For decades, we’ve spo­ken of the “Strat­e­gy of Tension”–the pro­gram of ter­ror­ism designed to dis­cred­it and crim­i­nal­ize oppo­si­tion polit­i­cal forces and jus­ti­fy the impo­si­tion of anti-demo­c­ra­t­ic statutes.

Even­tu­al­ly, the Ital­ian “Strat­e­gy of Ten­sion” [3]Glad­io [4]– was revealed as part of a NATO pro­gram called “Stay  Behind,” [5] through which secu­ri­ty ser­vices used fas­cist cadres to imple­ment the ter­ror. (The cadres were osten­si­bly designed to fos­ter gueril­la-style resis­tance in case of a suc­cess­ful Sovi­et inva­sion or com­mu­nist takeover in those coun­tries.)

In FTR #44 [6], we ana­lyzed Stay Behind/Gladio’s ori­gins with Nazi/BND spy chief Rein­hard Gehlen and the ODESSA post­war SS net­work.

Lux­em­bourg’s prime min­is­ter Jean-Claude Junck­er was forced to resign this past week, due to a scan­dal in which Mar­co Mille, that coun­try’s intel­li­gence chief, secret­ly record­ed a con­ver­sa­tion with Junck­er about Stay Behind/Gladio. Impli­cat­ing the Grand Ducal fam­i­ly of Lux­em­bourg in the scan­dal, Mille was him­self a par­tic­i­pant in Gladio/Stay Behind.

We note sev­er­al things in con­nec­tion with this scan­dal:

“Good­bye Mr. Euro? Jean-Claude Junck­er May Be Back Soon” by Hans-Jür­gen Schlamp; Der Spiegel; 7/11/2013. [9]

EXCERPT: Jean-Claude Junck­er, prime min­is­ter of Lux­em­bourg and Europe’s longest-serv­ing leader, stepped down on Wednes­day over his impli­ca­tion in a spy­ing scan­dal. But both his friends and his adver­saries believe a come­back is like­ly. . . .

. . . .In the 1980s, Lux­em­bourg spies were involved in a puz­zling series of bomb­ings, the cir­cum­stances of which remain unclear today. Togeth­er with mil­i­tary and intel­li­gence agents from mul­ti­ple Euro­pean coun­tries, they were part of Oper­a­tion Glad­io, a clan­des­tine ille­gal para­mil­i­tary orga­ni­za­tion. They worked as a par­al­lel police force with­in the coun­try that did what they liked and spied on whomev­er they want­ed, when­ev­er they want­ed. Even the prime min­is­ter, their con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly defined boss, could not rein them in.

Accord­ing to the par­lia­men­tary report, intel­li­gence chief Mar­co Mille report­ed to Junck­er in Jan­u­ary 2007 wear­ing a spe­cial high-tech wrist­watch. It record­ed the entire talk. The mat­ter was extreme­ly tricky because the con­ver­sa­tion allud­ed to the pos­si­ble involve­ment of the Grand Ducal fam­i­ly. But Junck­er did­n’t bring it to their atten­tion until the end of 2008. Even then he did­n’t take dras­tic mea­sures. Mille remained in office until 2010, when he became head of secu­ri­ty for Siemens. . . .

Lux­em­bourg Min­is­ter Says Ger­many Seeks Euro Zone “Hege­mo­ny” by Andreas Rinke; Reuters; 3/26/2013. [10]

EXCERPT: Luxembourg’s for­eign min­is­ter accused Ger­many on Tues­day of “striv­ing for hege­mony” in the euro zone by telling Cyprus what busi­ness mod­el it should pur­sue.

Like Cyprus, Lux­em­bourg has a large finan­cial sec­tor, whose com­par­a­tively light-touch tax and reg­u­la­tory regime has long irked its much big­ger neigh­bours Ger­many and France.

Ger­many, the Euro­pean Union’s biggest and most pow­er­ful econ­omy, had insist­ed that wealthy depos­i­tors in Cyprus’s banks con­tribute to the island’s bailout and said the cri­sis has killed a “busi­ness mod­el” based on low tax­es and attract­ing large for­eign deposits.

“Ger­many does not have the right to decide on the busi­ness mod­el for oth­er coun­tries in the EU,” For­eign Min­is­ter Jean Assel­born told Reuters. “It must not be the case that under the cov­er of finan­cially tech­ni­cal issues oth­er coun­tries are choked.”

“It can­not be that Ger­many, France and Britain say ‘we need finan­cial cen­tres in these three big coun­tries and oth­ers must stop’.”

That was against the inter­nal mar­ket and Euro­pean sol­i­dar­ity, and “striv­ing for hege­mony which is wrong and un-Euro­pean,” he said. . . .

But crit­i­cism from core north­ern states such as Lux­em­bourg — a founder mem­ber of the EU and euro zone — is less com­mon.

Assel­born said it was cru­cial that small­er EU states in par­tic­u­lar were allowed to devel­op cer­tain eco­nomic nich­es.

Ger­many should also keep in mind it was a prime ben­e­fi­ciary of the euro zone cri­sis because its bor­row­ing costs have plunged as ner­vous investors seek safe havens, Assel­born added. . . .