The Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn appealed not to exclude the countries of Višegrad, while emphasizing solidarity, in an interview with German ZDF Television of September 15, 2015. "Effort should be made to engage them and encourage them to promote solidarity", he said, in the wake of an extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) convened by the Luxembourg Presidency to find a response to the unprecedented scale of the refugee crisis.
In a series of interviews published in Le Figaro, the Luxemburger Wort and the Tageblatt on 14 September 2015, the Luxembourg Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Jean Asselborn, reported on the refugee crisis. The subject is on the programme of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA), which he will chair on 14 September.
On 10 September 2015, the French daily "Le Monde" published an interview which journalist Jean-Pierre Stroobants, from the paper's European Bureau in Brussels, conducted with Jean Asselborn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. In this interview, the minister states his position on the refugee crisis and the challenges that it raises within the EU and its Member States. We are translating the article in its entirety with the kind permission of "Le Monde".
In two interviews, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, set out the "mediating role" which Luxembourg, in its Presidency of the Council of the European Union, wishes to play in the EU which is faced with a huge influx of refugees, "people who are leaving everything behind in order to survive, and who are risking their lives to do so", as the Prime Minister pointed out. "Luxembourg is coordinating" the response to the situation; Luxembourg is seeking to "bring people together around the table" explained the Prime Minister.
On 3 July 2015, a few hours prior to the official launch of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was interviewed by the daily Luxembourg newspaper" Luxemburger Wort ", during which he stated the importance of this event for the country and the Grand Duchy's role during the next six months.
"There should not be an à la carte Europe", stated Luxembourg's Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Minister of Immigration and Asylum, Jean Asselborn, in an interview with the Trierischer Volksfreund on 1 July 2015 at the launch of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, during which he addressed the subjects of Brexit, Grexit, migration and TTIP.