Luxembourg. According to
Countryaah reports, Parliament adopted a law on euthanasia in
February, with the numbers 30 to 26. But Grand Duke Henri
opposed the law with reference to his Catholic faith. Thus,
a constitutional crisis arose because the signature of the
head of state was required for the law to come into force.
The result was that, in December, with the vote numbers
56–0, Parliament amended the constitution so that the head
of state no longer has to approve laws for them to apply.
Luxembourg went in with Belgium and the Netherlands with
money, totaling just over € 11 billion, to save the bank
Fortis, which was hit hard when the global financial crisis
blossomed in September. The bank was also divided into three
parts, but the Luxembourg and Belgian parts were soon taken
over by the French big bank BNP Parisbas.