The Left (Luxembourg)

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The Left

Déi Lénk
LeaderCollective leadership
(National Coordination)
Founded30 January 1999
Headquarters5, rue Aldringen, Luxembourg
Youth wingJonk Lénk
IdeologyDemocratic socialism[1]
Soft Euroscepticism
Political positionLeft-wing[2]
European affiliationParty of the European Left[3]
International affiliationnone
European Parliament groupnone
ColoursRed
Chamber of Deputies
2 / 60
European Parliament
0 / 6
Local councils
8 / 600
Website
dei-lenk.lu
Lesser coat of arms of Luxembourg.svg
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The Left (Luxembourgish: Déi Lénk, French: La Gauche, German: Die Linken) is a democratic socialist[1] political party in Luxembourg.

The Left was founded by the New Left and the Communist Party (KPL) as an electoral party. It had members from both parties and independents.[4] In the 1999 national elections, the Left won 3.3% of the votes and one seat in the parliament; André Hoffmann was elected from the southern constituency. In 2000, after anticipated elections in the city of Esch sur Alzette, Hoffmann became deputy mayor and Aloyse Bisdorff (KPL) succeeded him in parliament. Then, in 2002, in accordance with the Left's statutes, Bisdorff resigned from parliament and was succeeded by Serge Urbany.

Later, however, a dispute arose between a number of members of the Communist Party and the majority of the Left. As a consequence, the KPL and the Left ran separate lists in the 2004 elections. The Left won 1.9% of the votes, and accordingly lost its parliamentary presence. In the 2009 elections, it increased its share of the vote to 3.3%. As a result, Hoffmann returned to Parliament as the Left's sole representative - Hoffmann's personal vote of 9,067 in the south constituency was almost equal to the total number of votes gathered by the Communist Party, which won 10,803 votes.[5]

The Left is associated with the European United Left–Nordic Green Left group in the European Parliament. It does not currently have any members in the European parliament, however. The party participates in the Party of the European Left.

Election results[edit]

Parliament[6][edit]

Election year Votes % Seats +/-
1999 110,274 3.30
1 / 60
2004 62,071 1.90
0 / 60
Decrease 1
2009 109,184 3.29
1 / 60
Increase 1
2013 161,759 4.46
2 / 60
Increase 1
2018 193,594 5.48
2 / 60
Steady
Constituency 2013
votes
% 2009
votes
% 2004
votes
% 1999
votes
%
Centre 51,851 5.75 35,411 3.50 20,451 1.99 27,999 2.82
East 5,941 3.05 3,911 2.25 2,179 1.31 2,448 1.63
North 8,138 2.56 5,785 2.00 3,725 1.34 3,653 1.41
South 95,829 5.73 64,077 4.13 36,868 2.28 76,174 4.98

European Parliament[7][edit]

Election year # of overall votes % of overall vote # of overall seats won +/-
1999 28,130 2.77
0 / 6
2004 18,345 1.68
0 / 6
Steady 0
2009 37,929 3.37
0 / 6
Steady 0
2014 67,513 5.76
0 / 6
Steady 0

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2013). "Luxembourg". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ Josep M. Colomer (24 July 2008). Comparative European Politics. Taylor & Francis. pp. 221–. ISBN 978-0-203-94609-1. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  3. ^ EL-Parties. European Left. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  4. ^ Wagener, Sascha (2009). "The Left in Luxemburg" (PDF). Daiber, Birgit/Hildebrandt, Cornelia, The Left in Europe. Political Parties andParty Alliances between Norway and Turkey: 30–40. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Netgen, Éric (2009-06-11). "Empire of the Census". Le Jeudi. Archived from the original on 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-27.
  6. ^ Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg. "Élections légslatives".
  7. ^ Gouvernement du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg. "Élections europénnes".

References[edit]

  • Wehenkel, Henri, Communisme et postcommunisme au Luxembourg, in: Communisme 2014, 1989-2014 - L'éternel retour des communistes, p. 165-172
  • Wehenkel, Henri/Redondo, Jean-Laurent/Hoffmann, André/Urbany, Serge, Table ronde: PCL et/ou nouvelle gauche: renouvellement et/ou scission, in: Cahiers Marxistes, No. 201, april-may 1996, p. 121-144

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