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Yearbook 2015

Luxembourg. Prosecution was brought in April against a French journalist for his role in the "Luxleaks" scandal, which revealed that the tax authorities helped international large corporations avoid tax and in practice made Luxembourg a tax haven in the EU. Press freedom organizations were sharply critical of the prosecution. Two former employees of the audit firm PWC had already been indicted after the disclosure came in late 2014. One of them was the whistleblower Antoine Deltour, who was awarded the EU Citizens' Prize in June.

2015 Luxembourg

According to COUNTRYAAH, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel married his partner in May for many years and thus became the first sitting EU head of government to enter into same-sex marriage. The marriage became possible after a law change at the beginning of the year.

A referendum was held in June on constitutional amendments to lower the voting age from 18 to 16, give voting rights to foreign citizens who have lived in the country for at least ten years and introduce a ten-year limit for participation in the government. The voters said no to all three proposals.

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