Luxembourg gets first openly gay PM

New leader is expected to make changes including replacing religious classes with ethics classes in schools.

    Luxembourg gets first openly gay PM
    Bettel says his government will have to take unpopular measures to preserve its triple-A credit rating [AFP]

    Luxembourg has sworn in its first openly gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel, paving the way for reforms on same-sex marriage in the country.

    Bettel replaced Jean-Claude Junker on Wednesday who was, until then, the European Union's (EU) longest-serving head of government. Bettel's deputy, Etienne Schneider, is also openly gay.

    The new leader, previously the mayor of Luxembourg City, is expected to introduce changes like replacing religious instruction in school with more general ethics classes.

    He said his government will need to take unpopular measures and must cut spending to preserve its triple-A credit rating.

    Luxembourg is one of the world's smallest countries, with just over half a million people. But it is a major financial centre, second only to the US for investment funds, and a leading private banking hub.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    From the US to Afghanistan: Rediscovering the mother who left me

    Tracee Herbaugh's mother, Sharon, abandoned her when she was born, pursuing a career from which she never returned.

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    Could mega-dams kill the mighty River Nile?

    For Ethiopia, a new dam holds the promise of much-needed electricity; for Egypt, the fear of a devastating water crisis.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.