Xavier Bettel, François Bausch and Etienne Schneider could form the next government
Photo: Sven Becker (archive)
Politics: Following a meeting on Tuesday evening, the path has been cleared for a coalition government featuring the DP, LSAP and Déi Gréng.
Party leaders from the DP, LSAP and Déi Gréng have said that they are confident that they can reach agreement on a government programme and form a coalition before December.
That much emerged from a meeting on Tuesday evening at the headquarters of the DP parliamentary faction. “We are certain that we can turn this majority into a coalition,” said leader Xavier Bettel, who is being widely tipped as the next prime minister should the three-way coalition come to fruition.
His LSAP counterpart, Etienne Schneider, said that while the parties would await the formal decision by the Grand Duke in asking a party leader to form a government, negotiations would be conducted with all haste. “We cannot keep the country waiting unnecessarily, we want to have a working government established by December.”
Grand Duke Henri, who took time off to attend a film premier of Andy Bausch’s new documentary d’Fifities, at Utopolis on Tuesday evening, has to choose a so-called “formateur” from among the party leaders after an election.
Traditionally, the formateur would represent the party that has won the most seats in parliament – in the case of Sunday’s election that would be Jean-Claude Juncker of the CSV. But with the other parties announcing their intention early and clearly, the Grand Duke is left with a difficult decision.
Especially as Xavier Bettel said on Tuesday that he did not see “any reason” why his party should meet for coalition negotiations with the CSV.