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Luxembourg youngsters outline hopes for next government
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Luxembourg youngsters outline hopes for next government

14.10.2013 From our online archive
Lowering the voting age to 16, introducing civil marriages for gay couples and welcoming Syrian refugees to Luxembourg are among the campaign demands made by a youth politics body ahead of the next elections.

Lowering the voting age to 16, introducing civil marriages for gay couples and welcoming Syrian refugees to Luxembourg are among the campaign demands made by a youth politics body ahead of the next elections.

The “Parlement des Jeunes” set out its expectations for the future leaders of the country in a press release, which underlined the fact that young people feel politicians are failing to grasp the concerns of young people in Luxembourg.

While the parlement recognised that many of the central election campaign issues affected young people, for example affordable housing, pensions and youth unemployment, politicians appear to be missing some issues.

The wish list of 11 resolutions include:

  • Civil marriage for gay couples, ensuring equal rights for gay couples;
  • Lowering of voting age to 16, to encourage political leaders to defend the interests of young poeple;
  • Voting rights for foreigners after a period of residence of five years;
  • School reform to extend the tutoring offer and allow students the freedom to choose between a French or German;
  • Improving sex education in primary and secondary schools in Luxembourg;
  • Separation of Church and State;
  • Tackling youth unemployment through the creation of specialised educational centres providing quality training to unemployed youth;
  • Maintaining UN peacekeepers in Mali crisis with the objective of securing peace until the army of Mali is operational;
  • Acceleration of the nuclear disarmament process through the Luxembourg government's mandate in the UN Security Council;
  • Change in policies affecting Greece to curb the massive increase in youth unemployment, encouraging investment in infrastructure, allowing the recovery of the economy;
  • Blocking the shipment of arms to Syria and welcoming Syrian refugees to Luxembourg.