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Re: The Luxembourg situation -- the media floodgates have opened
I'm shocked, too. Not only the Grand Duchess always seemed to be a lovely lady but also nothing even remotely close to this could be thought as possible in a constitutional court... in the XXI century.
Waiting for the next episodes...
The newspapers in Luxembourg seem to have taken the reports of the Waringo investigation of personnel matters at the Court as a signal to open the floodgates for stories on the behavior of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. This article from Le Quotodien says that, previously, the Grand Duchess's "tempestuous and authoritarian nature" was well known to citizens of the country, but that stories about her behavior did not make headlines. Now, it appears, the gloves have come off. The story says that the Grand Duchess lives in Paris most of the time, that she makes her staff come to Paris for meetings, which is not only inconvenient for them, but results in increased costs, and that some of her collaborators in her work against rapes in war zones make salaries higher than the Prime Minister's, even though some of the funding comes from public sources. Referring to her "black rages," the story says that she does whatever she wants to do, that no one except the Prime Minister has dared to oppose her, and that she does not hesitate to skip official events, always making excuses that she has private conflicts. I have to admit that I am shocked by these stories -- can they be true? It makes me wonder if the media held back on these stories during the life of Grand Duke Jean, out of respect, and that they now feel liberated to report them. The article is in French, but you can run it through Google translate to get more details: https://www.lequotidien.lu/politique-et-societe/cour-grand-ducale-un-rapport-qui-fait-trembler-le-palais/