Luxembourg installs Bettel
Bettel heads a coalition of Liberals, Social Democrats and Greens who won a combined majority of 32 out of 60 seats in Luxembourg’s election on October 20.
The victory was enough to form a majority coalition in the country’s 60 seat, unicameral parliament, even though Juncker’s Christian Democr Out Jack Wolfskin Outlet let ats (CSV) remained the b Jack Wolfskin Outlet iggest party with 23 seats.
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Bettel’s new government has pledged to introduce a raft of savings measures and wide ranging tax reforms including a value added tax hike. They have also pledged to reform the secret service.
Bettel’s cabinet is also expected to introduce same sex marriage and other changes like replacing religious instruction in school with more general ethics classes.
Estonia’s Ansip now longest serving
The distinction of longest serving premier now passes to Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, who took office in April 2005.
The CSV, which Juncker will lead in opposition, had appointed every prime minister in Luxembourg since World War II, with the exception of a five year stint in opposition from 1974 to 1979.