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Bettel has 5 years to prove he's "not Peter Pan of Luxembourg politics" says France Culture
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Bettel has 5 years to prove he's "not Peter Pan of Luxembourg politics" says France Culture

19.12.2013 From our online archive
After a trip to Paris on Monday, Luxembourg's new Prime Minister Xavier Bettel is no doubt grinding his teeth if he heard the rather direct hard-hitting and critical portrait of himself broadcast on French national radio station “France Culture”.

(ADW) After a trip to Paris on Tuesday, Luxembourg's new Prime Minister Xavier Bettel is no doubt grinding his teeth if he heard the rather direct hard-hitting and critical portrait of himself broadcast on French national radio station “France Culture”

The start of the broadcast set the tone. "Young, gay, without any previous ministerial experience, Xavier Bettel has, on paper, really nothing to please the largely conservative views of the aging population of Luxembourg.”

Suffice to say that Quentin Dickinson a presenter for the station during a show broadcast on Thursday morning, didn't beat about the bush, and didn't hesitate to take a large bite out of Bettel's popular public image. He went on to poke holes in the Luxembourg motto "We want to remain what we are,” which he said "does not call quite frankly, for insurgency."

Studying his "unexpected" success and the "bold gamble" that managed to "dislodge" Jean- Claude Juncker, Dickinson shot another arrow calling the PM a "jack of all trades," as well as "stylish and compact," including mentioning that he was a graduate maritime law which “is surprising for a native of a landlocked country.”

Dickinson, a columnist, as well as Director of European Affairs at Radio France and Brussels correspondent, concluded by highlighting that today Bettel will participate in his first European summit. The man who possesses an "incredible power of seduction” has five years "to escape the reputation of little Peter Pan of Luxembourg politics," he concluded.

For those that speak French here is the broadcast: