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Interview (almost imaginary) with Jean-Claude Juncker (PM of Luxembourg)

• Jean-Claude, are you abandoning banking secrecy?

Uh, not right away. Hey, we'll wait for the Swiss, the Andorrans and other European liliputs to give their agreement.

• That is to say ?

Oh that gives us a little time. We lasted 24 years before saying that one day maybe we would lift our secret. We can still wait ten years. No ?

• Yes, but States need money?

Not us. Everything is fine. No deficit. Reduced taxation on investments. Strong banks. Come and you'll see…

• Are there pressures?

There are rather quitters and hypocrites. The Belgians, who had banking secrecy, camouflaged it. The English keep a pear for thirst with Jersey and Guernsey. And the Dutch hide their trusts. I have the list. I can swing if you want...

• One last word ?

Oh rather a call. (Tax) asylum seekers from all countries unite!

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).