David Wagner, MP for the Left Party (Déi Lénk), reviews the past year.
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David Wagner (Déi Lénk) looks back at his memorable moments of 2017
That was the year that was…2017: Déi Lénk member of parliament David Wagner looks back at the last 12 months.
I will remember 2017 as the year that
was a year of historical acceleration towards fundamental political changes worldwide. That year (and I think 2018 will be in the same logic) confirmed the feeling that Antonio Gramsci had when he wrote “The old world is dying, the new world is slow to appear and in this chiaroscuro arise the monsters”.
My professional highlight of the year
Being member of parliament is not quite a “profession”, but in a political way it was without any doubt the local elections. This was not a “one shot” event, but a long preparation of over a year, culminating with the election day that was globally positive for my party.
The cultural event I enjoyed most
I don't really do events, except for cinema or going to Andalusia to experience flamenco--but this year, I didn't go there. But I'm a reader and this year I focused on Isaac Asimov, one of the fathers of science-fiction, my favourite genre. And I must admit that I was literally absorbed by it, to the point I had to stop myself picking up the book during plenary sessions of the Chamber.
My personal highlight of the year
This was probably in May, in Barcelona, where I represented déi Lénk at an international rally of left parties organised by the CUP (Candidatura d'Unitat Popular), the radical left independence party in Catalonia. It gave me the opportunity to get in contact with many interesting people, but also to better understand the political situation there, which was rather important in light of the later developments.
The best plate of food I had
When it comes to cuisine, I am a spoiled boy, probably because I have a French “maman”. So, except when I eat her dishes, it was this summer in Marseille (her hometown) where I ate a perfect couscous and also a sole fish in a restaurant near the port.
In 2018, I am most looking forward to
The national elections, of course. We are already preparing for them and it's a very long and exhausting exercise. But nevertheless, I expect that we are going to live some intense moments.