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Juncker both "vexed" and relieved after Bettel meeting
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Juncker both "vexed" and relieved after Bettel meeting

19.11.2013 From our online archive
Outgoing and incoming Prime Ministers Jean-Claude Juncker and Xavier Bettel met for a second round of talks on Tuesday, with the PM saying he is both "vexed" about the current situation, as well as relieved.

(CS) Outgoing and incoming Prime Ministers Jean-Claude Juncker and Xavier Bettel met for a second round of talks on Tuesday, with the PM saying he is both vexed about the current situation, as well as relieved.

The CSV and DP politicians met for the first time for bilateral talks on October 31, with Juncker commenting that it is quite natural for him to speak to his successor, as he had done the same with his predecessors.

Bettel and Juncker had commented after their first meeting that the discussions had been constructive and pleasant.

The duo were equally chipper after their second meeting, with Juncker commenting that it was important to ensure that the transition between the outgoing and incoming government was managed in a "responsible" and "cooperative" manner.

Juncker also said that he is ready for another meeting with Bettel to discuss the December EU summit, should the new Premier wish this.

Juncker "vexed" and relieved

Bettel, too, said that it is in the interest of the country that there is no conflict between the politicians in preparations of the switch of leadership.

Despite the good atmosphere, Juncker said that he was somewhat vexed about the situation which has led to the CSV being pushed into the opposition.

While he commented that he is not on a path of revenge, Juncker said that he feels the voters did not send him into the opposition.

Still, after 19 years on the job, Juncker added that it is something of a relief to pass on the reins.

Coalition talks are still ongoing, but are expected to come to an end by November 29. As early as December 3, the coalition parties DP, LSAP and “déi Gréng” could vote on the programme, which could see the new government sworn in by mid-December.