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A “climate of confidence” within new coalition
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A “climate of confidence” within new coalition

26.10.2013 From our online archive
DP member and former Deputy Prime Minister Lydie Polfer described Luxembourg's new three-party coalition, as a “fresh start” and a chance to resolve the impasse of political reform for the country.

DP member and former Deputy Prime Minister Lydie Polfer has spoken positively of Luxembourg's new three-party coalition, dubbing the seizure of power as a “fresh start” and a chance to resolve the impasse of political reform for the country.

Speaking in an interview with Luxembourg broadcasters RTL, the politician said that the coalition was moving into a “new climate of confidence”. It is no secret that her party, the DP, was a “big winner” in the last elections, as she puts it, increasing their seats and pushing out the CSV, the “clear loser”, with the help of the Green party and the LSAP.

She was full of hope for the new start under a liberal leadership, which she said would replace the previous “coalition of stagnation” and renew the country under a more contemporary style of politics.

Government priorities

The three partners will need to agree on ambitious reform programmes to tackle the problems currently facing Luxembourg, she said. Ms Polfer highlighted priorities for the new government as public finances and debt, improvements to the housing market and unemployment, particularly among the young.

It won't be easy, the politician admits. The DP has a duty to retain the attractiveness of the financial centre. Similarly, she said the party would not support proposals for a socialist tax on income or capital.

Coalition wasn't planned

Speaking on the CSV, Ms Polfer said that the party had not fully understood the outcome of the elections. She said that the image the party gave off was not of a proud group of politicians capable of bringing the people together. At the same time she makes no excuses for the legitimate formation of a coalition with the DP, LSAP and Greens. “It is not enough to be the most powerful party to claim power,” she said.

Ms Polfer added that the parties had not agreed in advance to form a coalition, suggesting that the outcome was merely a result of a “loss of confidence in politics in the wake of the scandals.”

Speaking about her personal ambitions, the politician remained tight-lipped. She is favourite to succeed Xavier Bettel as mayor of Luxembourg, a role which she has previously served from 1982 to 1999.