Felix Reding, a member of the Alternative Democratic Reform Party, has taken issue with the editorial comment in the Winter edition of Delano. We publish his response here:
“A couple of days ago, I chanced upon an editorial of your magazine, entitled "Ring out the old". I was quite honestly enraged at its contents, namely the thinly veiled disgust for the ADR, all in the context of urging the readers of your magazine to use their right to vote in the upcoming communal elections in 2017.
Your editor-in-chief coldly states our party's concerns about the Luxembourgish identity to be "nonsensical". Furthermore, our defence of the Luxembourgish language is apparently "spurious". These comments come at a time when it is not only predicted that people of Luxembourgish nationality will be in the minority in the coming decade, but also at a time where we have seen a pro-language petition break all conceivable records. There is a clear voice in the Luxembourgish population for a greater protection of our identity and language faced with the pressures of an expanding foreign population. As a conservative party, we want to make sure than our culture is secured throughout this process of substantial growth, (which has also clearly brought us innumerable benefits).
The editor-in-chief has every right to be critical of our policies. However, the editorial published was simply misleading and misrepresents who we as a party are. Yes, it is true; we were the only party against the right to vote for foreign residents in national elections during the referendum last year. Our clear commitment to the "nee" was anything but radical, however, and whilst I can understand why many foreign residents perhaps felt dejected by the outcome, they must understand it has nothing to do with xenophobia and everything to do with preserving some shroud of a benefit to acquiring our nationality (and learning our language). I can only imagine how overwhelming the rejection of this question posed in the referendum would have been in the United Kingdom.
We, as a party, are proud to have several foreign residents presenting themselves on our list, and would urge anyone thinking of doing so to contact us, or any other party, bearing in mind we are the sister party of the governing Conservatives in England, and the UUP in Northern Ireland. It would be an honour to welcome any Brits to our list.”