Luxembourg grand duke in danger of losing prerogatives

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Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg is the last grand duke anywhere in the world. Yet he insists he is not an endangered species, and to a great extent he helped stir up the furor that threatens to curtail his ducal powers.

“The title is historic,” he said, receiving a visitor in the castle of Berg, a faux Gothic residence that his great-grandfather built of reinforced concrete before World War I. “But of course we are now a constitutional monarchy.”

Henri’s role here has lately become a matter of debate among the 486,000 citizens of this prosperous sliver of a country. “A large part of the population has an attitude you’d call, in religion, agnostic,” said Frank Engel, 33, secretary general of the Christian Social People’s Party, the largest bloc in Parliament.

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