Danielle Bossaert
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Flexible and pragmatic adaptation

Luxembourg's European policy focuses primarily on a deepening of the integration process while safeguarding vital national interests. Luxembourg is a unitary central state with only two administrative levels (national and municipal). Unlike most European Union (EU) Member States, it has no regional or intermediate authorities. Without exception, EU policy is prepared, decided on and implemented centrally. In the consensus oriented democracy of Luxembourg, great importance is attached not only to the mostly informal involvement of the parliament in the decision-making process. It is also attached to consultation and provision of information to the relevant interest groups, employees' organisations, etc. in order where possible to find consensual solutions. An important characteristic of political life in Luxembourg is its small size, which is apparent from the fact that the total staff of the public administration does not exceed 11,800 civil servants.

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Fifteen into one?

The European Union and its member states


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