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Welcome to the Luxembourg presidency, the guys who gave us cheap petrol, dodgy banks and Jacques Santer. The man running the show for the next six months is Jean-Claude Juncker, the youthful, chain-smoking prime minister of Luxembourg, famously close to Chancellor Kohl.

Luxembourgers are no lapdogs, but since the middle ages they have taken orders from more powerful neighbours in France and Germany. Kohl’s nickname for Juncker is “Junior,” a playful reminder that when Europe’s senior statesman speaks, the rest of Europe had better listen.

Junior will be judged on how he handles two issues: monetary union and enlargement. The…

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