Claude Meisch

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Claude Meisch, May 2014.

Claude Meisch (born 27 November 1971 in Pétange)[1] is a Luxembourgish politician holding (?) a degree in financial mathematics from Trier university (missing reference). Meisch was appointed Minister of Education in 2013 in the government of Xavier Bettel.[2] He has been a member of the Chamber of Deputies since 1999 and Mayor of Differdange since 2002. He was President of the Democratic Party (DP) from 2004 until 2013, of which he has been a member since 1994.[1]

Born in Pétange, in the south-west of the country, Meisch attended the town's Lycée technique Mathias-Adam, before studying at the University of Trier, in Germany. After graduating, he worked for the private Banque de Luxembourg.[3] Meisch was Vice-President of the Democratic and Liberal Youth, the DP's youth wing, from 1995 until 2000.[4]

Meisch ran for the Chamber of Deputies, to represent Sud, in the 1999 election. Meisch finished sixth amongst DP candidates, with the top four being elected.[5] However, the election saw the DP become kingmakers, giving them enough leverage over the Christian Social People's Party (CSV) to allow them to appoint seven Democratic deputies, including Henri Grethen and Eugène Berger, to the new government. Grethen insisted that Berger be appointed along with him, specifically so that Meisch could enter the Chamber.[6] With Grethen and Berger required to vacate their seats to take up their government positions, Meisch filled in the gap and entered the Chamber of Deputies on 12 August 1999.[1]

In the 2004 legislative election, Meisch was re-elected to the Chamber directly, placing second amongst DP candidates in an election that saw the party's representation from Sud reduced from four to two.[7] The result was bad for the DP across the country, losing five seats and seeing them replaced as the Christian Social People's Party's (CSV) coalition partners by the LSAP. After the election, Lydie Polfer resigned as DP President, having served the term limit imposed by the party's statutes. Meisch was the only candidate put forward to replace her, and recorded a 90% vote in his favour (between him and none of the above), holding the position since 10 October 2004.[1]

The 2005 election to Differdange communal council saw Meisch score an 'historic' victory,[8] in leading the DP to buck the national trend and greatly increase their vote: winning 43% of the vote and winning eight seats.[4] Meisch thus remained as mayor, heading a coalition with the Greens, although the size of the victory allowed Meisch to choose his coalition partner from any of the other three parties.

In the 2009 legislative election, Meisch was re-elected, winning more votes that any other Democratic candidate in the entire country, and winning more than twice as many votes as Eugène Berger, who placed second on the DP list in Sud.[9] The party nationwide fell 1.1% of the vote and lost a seat. Immediately after the election, Meisch ruled out a coalition with the CSV, so the DP continued in opposition.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "Claude Meisch" (in French). Chamber of Deputies. Archived from the original on 25 December 2004. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Période actuelle - // L'actualité du gouvernement du Luxembourg". Archived from the original on 2016-01-17. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Le bourgmestre Claude Meisch" (in French). Ville de Differdange. Retrieved 2 May 2009.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b Gaudron, Jean-Michel (25 November 2004). "La marque "jeune"" (in French). PaperJam. Retrieved 24 April 2009.
  5. ^ "1999: Circonscription Sud" (in French). Service Information et Presse. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  6. ^ Hansen, Josée (14 December 2007). "Le défi européen d'Henri G." (in French). d'Lëtzebuerger Land. Archived from the original on February 17, 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2009.
  7. ^ "2004: Circonscription Sud" (in French). Service Information et Presse. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  8. ^ "Luxembourg" (PDF). Centre de données socio-politiques. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2009.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "2009: Circonscription Sud" (in French). Service Information et Presse. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  10. ^ Glesener, Marc (9 June 2009). "DP und Déi Gréng sagen Nein" (in German). Luxemburger Wort. Archived from the original on 12 June 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Marcel Blau
Mayor of Differdange
2002 – 2013
Succeeded by
Roberto Traversini
Preceded by
Mady Delvaux-Stehres
Minister for National Education
2013 – Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Martine Hansen
Minister for Higher Education and Research
2013 – Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Minister for Children and Youth
2013 – Present
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lydie Polfer
President of the DP
2004 – 2013
Succeeded by
Xavier Bettel