Luxembourg prime minister seeks to dissolve parliament over spying allegations

The prime minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to tender his resignation today after 18 years after it was alleged the country’s intelligence agency had been spying on politicians.

Juncker will go to the Palace later to propose “snap elections” to the Grand Duke, Luxembourg’s head of state. The current government would stay until elections take place, but would not be able to pass any new laws.

The country’s SREL intelligence agency, which the prime minister oversees, has been alleged of illegally bugging politicians, purchasing cars for private cars, and making payments in exchange for access to local politicians. Juncker denies doing anything wrong, saying that the “intelligence service was not my top priority” and hopes that future prime ministers will not need to see the security agency as his or her priority.

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