Your Weekly Recap for 21-25 November.

  • Politmonitor survey results.
  • Ex-officer sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Pierre Gramegna to lead the ESM
  • EU Parliament denounced Russia after deadly attacks.
  • A Luxembourgish astronaut will head to the ISS.

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1. Access to affordable housing is the #1 issue amongst Luxembourgers.

  • The latest Politmonitor (survey) showed ¾ of participants placed access to affordable housing as one of their main concerns, followed by rising energy prices and inflation.

  • 2 in 5 Luxembourgers said they are already reducing costs as a result of the current financial environment.

  • People's concerns are likely to surface during the 2023 election campaigns.

Security is the rising issue: From 30% of participants indicating security as a concern in May, now that number has reached 43%.

Hypocrisy: While Luxembourgers are aware of the issues, they don't want to go out of their way to change anything, according to Tommy Klein, director of ILRES.

Losing confidence: The LSAP,  of the parties in government, lost the most confidence of voters since May 2022 however, Paulete Lennert remains the most popular politician in the country, and for the opposition, Sven Clement: the Pirate Party MP remains the most popular opposition politician.

Related: Luxembourg was projected to reach its maximum population in 2075, showed Eurostat's latest figures.

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2. The Police officer who shot and killed a driver in 2018 received a 5-year prison sentence.

  • The now ex-police officer who shot a motorist in Bonnevoie in 2018 was sentenced to 5 years in prison, 3 of which were suspended.

  • He will also pay €21,000 to the victim's widow as compensation.

  • The police union (SNPGL) decided not to comment on the court’s decision.

A lenient verdict?  Despite the charge of manslaughter, the court retained the fact that the fugitive driver had provoked the police officer as a mitigating factor.

No self-defence: On the other hand, the court rejected the argument that the former officer acted in self-defence.  The defence is expected to appeal. 

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3. Pierre Gramegna was appointed to lead the European Stability Mechanism.

He resigned as Finance Minister in 2021, citing personal reasons, and then said he wouldn’t be interested in running in 2023.

Then 6 months later, in May 2022, he said he was interested in the ESM job. In September he withdrew his campaign to the top job after failing to gain support. Now it seems the tables had turned in his favour.

He was appointed General Director on Friday afternoon.

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4. Zelesnky called new deadly strikes in Ukraine crimes against humanity

  • President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine called Russia’s war strategy a “formula of terror” while addressing an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council.

  • The session followed deadly strikes this week that battered Ukraine’s energy grid, leaving many without electricity and in the cold. (The average temperature in Ukraine right now is about 0 degrees.)

  • The European Parliament branded Russia a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’.

Without power as winter begins: ⅔ ‘s of Kyiv were left without power many were left without running water, a after Russian missile strikes hit the capital. Attacks on energy facilities cut power in many regions and made emergency blackouts necessary in others to conserve energy and enable repairs as winter sets in.

Cyber Attack against European Parliament: The European Parliament's website was hit by a cyber attack shortly after lawmakers approved the resolution calling Russia a "state sponsor of terrorism". The Parliament's president, Roberta Metsola, said a pro-Kremlin group had claimed responsibility.

Related:Vladimir Putin's critics are either dead, jailed or exiled.

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5. A Luxembourgish astronaut prepared to head to the International Space Station.

  • the European Space Agency announced 6 new career astronauts this week, among them history's first astronaut recruit with a disability.

  • Raphaël Liégeois is one of the 6 people named by the ESA, he’s Luxembourgish and Belgian (double nationality).

  • Liégeois will first complete a 12-month training programme at the German Aerospace Center before travelling to the International Space Station (ISS). 

No Luxembourgish flag: Liégeois will wear the Belgian flag on his suit during missions. Liégeois was born in Belgium to Luxembourgish parents and grew up in Differdange. He reclaimed his citizenship in 2018, and is now a double national.

Record budget for the Space Agency: The budget for ESA increased by a record 17%. The total budget for the next 3 years comes close to €17 billion euro with €2.7 billion devoted to ESA’s Earth observation programme.

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Climate Change

  • More than 20,000 people died across western Europe in this summer’s heatwaves, in temperatures that would have been virtually impossible without climate breakdown, figures showed. 

  • John Kerry called on Beijing Sunday to "accelerate progress together" on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, following a meeting with his Chinese counterpart at COP27 in Egypt.

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