Claude Wiseler (right) is the lead candidate of the CSV for the next parliamentary elections on 14 October 2018.
Photo: Maison Moderne archives
The Luxembourg general election is set to take place on 14 October 2018. You may just have arrived in Luxembourg or be voting for the first time. You may just be interested in how politics ticks in the country you have chosen to live and work in. Whatever the case, read on.
In a series of articles over the next week or so, Delano introduces readers to the grand duchy’s main political parties, their origins and what they stand for today. To kick-off, let’s start with the biggest, the CSV (Christian Social People’s Party).
Delano: When was your party created?
CSV: The party was created on 16 January 1914 as the right party (Rechtspartei). After World War II, it was re-launched under the name it has today.
Delano: Who founded it?
CSV: It was founded by Pierre Dupong and a group of well-known and socially motivated figures in Luxembourg.
Delano: Why was it created? Was there a key event that led to its creation?
CSV: At the beginning of the 20th century, the aim was to propose a third political path between liberalism and Marxism.
Delano: What were his guiding principles at the time?
CSV: The basic ideas remain the same, namely a christian vision and the acceptance of many different points of views and ambitions in a democratic and free society. As such, the Christian Social Party has developed over the years into a popular party of the centre.
Delano: In short, why should voters choose your party in October?
CSV: The Christian Social Party proposes "E Plang fir Lëtzebuerg” (a map for Luxembourg) to ensure the harmonious social and economic development of a healthy and interactive environment. The CSV aims to create a solid foundation for the long-term development of quality of life, social policy and the circular economy. We want to facilitate access to affordable housing and promote efficient and sustainable mobility.
Please note that Delano is introducing the political parties for your information only, not to promote one over the other.