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

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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. . . .