Luxembourg welcomes students from California
(HRW) A group of 23 students all the way from the University of California in Berkeley, met Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel at a reception on Monday.
The reception was held at the Hotel de Bourgogne, as part of the students' "History, Art and Identity in the Heart of Europe" study tour through the Benelux countries Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.
The students, who came from a range of disciplines, were well prepared for discussions and knew much about Luxembourg's educational system, history, economy and political system but were keen to learn more.
The students were greeted by the PM who then discussed the historical relations and ties of friendship between the US and Luxembourg.
At the centre of the discussion lay topics surrounding immigration, climate change and economic recovery. A particular interest was also placed in how a coalition of three political parties functions. ″A government with Greens, Social Democrats and Liberals together and was considered to be a very special thing by the US,″ a statement said about some of the students' comments.
The Prime Minister meanwhile stressed the need to avoid past mistakes. "We are still suffering from the effects of the financial and economic crisis. Now we must take advantage of a slight economic recovery to consolidate budgets and prepare the economy for future challenges before us," he said.
The student progamme lasts from July 5 to August 9 and will see them sit an exam on everything they have learned. Their next destination will be Flanders, Belgium's Dutch-Speaking region.