CSV to be critical and constructive in parliament, says Juncker
(CS) Luxembourg's outgoing Prime Minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, said that the CSV does not want to be a bad loser, at what was probably the final cabinet meeting of the Christian Socialist and LSAP coalition on Wednesday.
For Juncker, the meeting marked one of his last as Luxembourg's Premier, an office he has held since 1995 and that has seen him chair more than 180 councils of ministers in the Grand Duchy.
The soon-to-be opposition leader said on Wednesday that the CSV wants to be critical and constructive in parliament, rather than being a sore loser. After all, Juncker said, the CSV did not really “lose” the election.
Neither he nor the party have anything to reproach themselves for, Juncker told wort.lu after the meeting on Wednesday morning. He added that the CSV was entering the opposition because of party politics, not the will of the voters.
Juncker did not, however, comment on the results of the coalition talks that have emerged so far, saying that the CSV would position itself once the entire agreement has been published.
Finance Minister Luc Frieden meanwhile commented that he was “sad” to have to say farewell to the cabinet, adding, however, that he is “thankful and proud” to have been able to serve his country over the past years.
Frieden also said that his successor will face a series of challenges, not only in regard to Luxembourg's finances but also on a European and eurozone level. The next finance minister should not shy away from long working days and bring negotiation skills to the table, he added.
At the same time as the CSV-LSAP meeting on Wednesday, coalition negotiations between the DP, LSAP and “déi Gréng” continued.
With reporting by Christoph Bumb and Joëlle Merges