Lydie Polfer

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Lydie Polfer (2007)

Lydie Polfer (born 22 November 1952 in Luxembourg City)[1] is a Luxembourgish politician that has served in a number of capacities, including Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Mayor of Luxembourg City, as well as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and a member of the Chamber of Deputies. She is a member of the Democratic Party (DP).

Polfer succeeded her father, Camille Polfer, as mayor of Luxembourg City, when he was forced to resign from the position due to poor health after only two years. She was first elected to the Chamber of Deputies in the 1984 election, representing Centre. She was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs in the government of Jean-Claude Juncker from August 1999 until July 2004.

In the 2004 legislative election, Polfer was elected, once again, top of the DP list, coming second overall to Luc Frieden.[2] However, the DP polled poorly overall, losing five seats nationwide, and, with them, their position as the second-largest party and kingmakers. As such, the CSV entered instead into a coalition with the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP), ejecting Polfer from the government. The European Parliament election held on the same day also saw the DP lose votes, as well as fall to fourth, behind the Greens for the first time. Nonetheless, Polfer still came top of the DP list (and third overall),[3] and took her place in the European Parliament, where the DP sit in the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

She is now Mayor of Luxembourg City, after being mayor there from 1982 to 1999. Polfer is a Vice Chair of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.

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  1. ^ (French) "Lydie Polfer". Chamber of Deputies. Retrieved 2009-04-10. [dead link]
  2. ^ (French) "2004: Circonscription Centre". Service Information et Presse. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  3. ^ (French) "2004: Circonscription Unique". Service Information et Presse. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Camille Polfer
Mayor of Luxembourg City
1982 – 1999
Succeeded by
Paul Helminger
Preceded by
Xavier Bettel
Mayor of Luxembourg City
2013 – Present
Succeeded by
Present
Preceded by
Jacques Poos
Deputy Prime Minister
1999 – 2004
Succeeded by
Jean Asselborn
Preceded by
Jacques Poos
Minister for Foreign Affairs
1999 – 2004
Succeeded by
Jean Asselborn
Party political offices
Preceded by
Charles Goerens
President of the DP
1994 – 2004
Succeeded by
Claude Meisch