Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Out With the Old...

Photo: René Scho /
That's it, the longest-serving head of government of any European Union state and one of the longest-serving democratically elected leaders in the world is no more. This morning Jean-Claude Juncker resigned as Luxembourg's prime minister, a post that he had occupied since 1995. He was the last one to be received in a farewell audience by Grand Duke Henri. Previously, the Grand Duke had already bid farewell to outgoing ministers Martine Hansen, Marc Spautz, Françoise Hetto-Gaasch, Marco Schank, Octavie Modert, Claude Wiseler, Jean-Marie Halsdorf, Mars di Bartolomeo, Luc Frieden and Mady Delvaux-Stehres. Those ministers who finished their first term in office, received the Civil and Military Order of Merit of Adolph of Nassau from Grand Duke Henri while all the others had to leave empty-handed as the already own the Order.

More visuals of this morning's audiences can be found at Tageblatt, Tom Wagner's, Wort in German, Wort in English and RTL. RTL also has a video of the event. This afternoon, Luxembourg will get a new government headed by Xavier Bettel.

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