Bartosz Brzeziński is voting in Luxembourg parliamentary elections for the first time this year. He shared his perspective on the poll with Delano. Photo credit: Milou Derksen
Polish-born music producer and sound engineer Bartosz Brzeziński moved to Luxembourg in 2011 and gained his Luxembourg nationality in April of this year.
Voting for the first time in the Luxembourg elections, Brzeziński is keen to make a very informed decision. He told Delano last week:
“I am reviewing the parties’ websites, going through their programmes and lists of candidates. I want to make sure that my decision is well-thought through, based on facts, and that my representatives in the parliament hold beliefs and opinions that are close to my own.”
Brzeziński was living in Walferdange during the 2013 parliamentary election and thinks that this time some parties are making less effort than others. He said:
“In the Walferdange commune where I live, some haven’t even got their posters on display. On the other hand, I met representatives of the Green Party at the train station the other day. They were talking to people who were waiting for the train and handing out flyers. I thought it was good as I believe representatives should be closer to our lives. But it would be better if it happened more often, not just three weeks before the election.”
Work-life balance and traffic
Traffic is one of Brzeziński’s key issues:
“I think Luxembourg is actually doing quite a lot to improve the traffic across the country with recent upgrades such as the tram and funicular and all the road works. But with a growing number of people settling down here, it feels like we continuously need more of that and maybe better ideas on how to build our transport system faster and more efficiently.”
His other main concern is wellbeing and he believes that any new government should do more to support and promote a healthy work-life balance. “Burnout and depression are affecting more and more people here. This is a growing problem which needs to be addressed properly,” he argued.
Luxembourg should cherish its openness
Brzeziński also said he was worried about the:
“so-called populist parties that are getting more representatives in some European countries. I see it as an increasing risk for the European Union and I hope the same will not happen in Luxembourg. I’ve always admired the Luxembourgish openness to a variety of cultures and I’d hate to see that change. I think it’s one of those values that we should really cherish here and be proud of.”