Claude Wiseler, parliamentary leader of the CSV, has criticised the current “Gambia” coalition parties (DP, LSAP and Déi Gréng) for already announcing their intention to forge a new coalition government if they get enough votes in the 2018 parliamentary elections.
In an interview with RTL TV on 8 August, he argued that this damaged Luxembourg’s political culture of consensus and compromise. Instead, such a discourse created a bipartisan, polarising political culture, similar to those in France or the UK. He warned that framing the discourse of dividing the parties between left (LSAP, Greens) and right (CSV; ADR) would bring “very negative consequences.”
During a TV interview the same day, Gast Gibéryen (ADR) reached out to the CSV and implied they would be great coalition partners. He argued that the CSV does not have that much in common with the DP, LSAP, or déi Gréng (even though the CSV has been almost constantly in government with either the LSAP or DP over the past four decades).
Many policies, Gibéryen said, such as the ban of the veil, certain family policies or freedom of religion which they had in common could then be carried out; however, because the CSV had ruled the ADR out as coalition partner, Gast Gibéryen suspected that the CSV actually doesn’t want to do what it said during its time in opposition, and will happily abandon certain policies, such as a complete ban of the veil in all public spaces, if it would form the next government.