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2 min. 06.10.2013 From our online archive
All you should know about the Déi Lénk Party (The Left)

History

Founded in January 1999, déi lénk (The Left) participated in their first national elections the same year. 

The party ran on a common “left ballot list” together with KPL (Communist Party of Luxembourg) and other smaller parties and formations as well as left-wing individuals. Déi lénk were able to place a representative in the Luxembourg parliament after the election, having won 4.9% of the overall vote.

Nevertheless, the common “left ballot list” was dissolved due to intensifying disagreements with KPL, and the two parties ran on separate lists in the 2004 national election. This led to Déi Lénk losing its seat in the Chambre des Députés. 

In 2007 the party started negotiations with KPL in order to run on a common list in the 2009 national elections, hoping this would increase their chances of re-election. However, KPL were not interested in running with Déi Lénk. Nevertheless, the elections in 2009 surprisingly enabled the party to reclaim their seat in parliament, where Déi Lénk were represented by André Hoffman.

On the local level, Déi Lénk won six seats in the Proporz (Proportional) communes in 1999. After the communal re-election in Esch, on the April 30 the following year, the party won nearly 13% of votes, the best result of any election to date.

After the commune election in 2000 déi lénk lost 5 of these seats, and today they only have one representative on the commune council of Esch-sur-Alzette, Marc Baum.

Ideology

Déi Lénk is a socialist party and a member of the European Left Party. They are associated with the EU-fraction “Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left” and the European Ant-Capitalist Left. 

Déi Lénkbase their political ideology on seven core areas: social equality and justice, the redistribution of wealth, environmental Protection and preservation of natural resources, the free development of the individual within the society and a right to leisure time and self-determination, a need for real democracy with active participation of the citizens, (affordable) housing for everyone, “justifiable” salaries, access to potable water, energy and public services as well as economic initiatives serving the individual and the environment.

Specifically, the party argues that the minimum salary in Luxembourg needs to be raised in order to ensure that it permits families to live above the poverty-line. The indexed salaries need to be reintroduced properly in order to ensure that the individuals’ purchasing power doesn’t decline due to inflation.

Instead of cut-backs in public services and the increasing rate of privatisation of enterprises, the state needs to develop an employment programme within public institutions, and especially within educational and social areas. 

The price of housing is still unreasonably high and consequently the state should build 2000 extra social housing facilities each year, which will also allow for the creation of new jobs. At the same time there should be a ban on lay-offs in profitable companies. Lastly, there’s an urgent need for investments in renewable energies and policies ensuring the sensible and sustainable use of natural resources.

  • Website: www.lenk.lu