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Who will be Luxembourg's next ministers?
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Who will be Luxembourg's next ministers?

18.11.2013 From our online archive
Coalition talks in Luxembourg are moving ahead, but no final decisions have been made about ministerial posts, according to “formateur” Xavier Bettel.

(CS) Coalition talks in Luxembourg are moving ahead, but no final decisions have been made about ministerial posts, according to “formateur” Xavier Bettel.

While it is known that Bettel will become the next Prime Minister and Etienne Schneider will be both Vice-PM and Economy Minister, no further details about the line-up of the new government have been revealed.

However, the new cabinet is set to be presented on November 29, the final day of coalition negotiations, if all goes as scheduled.

On Monday, the coalition partners addressed taxation and Luxembourg's financial centre, with a super-rich tax, like the one imposed under the François Hollande government in France, apparently off the table.

According to Bettel, delegates from the DP, LSAP and “déi Gréng” largely agreed on “what works and especially what does not work.”

The fast pace of coalition negotiations will continue this week, with talks even scheduled for the weekend, when the final working groups, including health and social affairs, housing and justice, will present their results to the delegates.

Some big issues, including the index, are expected to be settled at the final round table meeting on November 29, at the end of which the new cabinet should also be announced.

If all goes to plan, the new government will be up and running before the end of the year.

With reporting by Christoph Bumb