Jean Asselborn's Exit from Politics: A Shift from International to Domestic Arena?
Luxembourg's veteran politician, Jean Asselborn, has announced his decision to step away from parliamentary responsibilities, declaring in an interview with RTL on Tuesday afternoon that he will not sit as a representative in the Chamber of Deputies.
Asselborn expressed his need for "a bit of calm and quiet," signaling a desire to distance himself from the political limelight after two decades of active involvement in foreign affairs. The resigned Minister of Foreign Affairs justifies his decision by pointing to the ongoing developments in immigration policies in Europe and Luxembourg, indicating a shift in priorities. Two weeks ago, during a dedicated television program on refugees broadcasted by RTL, Asselborn admitted to "losing control" and being overwhelmed by emotions, marking a personal turning point. For him, the "red light" was on, signaling that it was time for a break.
At 74, Jean Asselborn, who was first elected as a deputy 40 years ago, served continuously for 19 years as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. When asked whether he would run for the upcoming European elections next year, he chose not to respond.
The parliamentary seat relinquished by Jean Asselborn will be filled by Yves Cruchten, who has accepted the responsibility. On Tuesday morning, the LSAP parliamentary group held a press conference to outline its future plans. Taina Bofferding will lead the Socialist faction, with Paulette Lenert serving as the deputy chair.
Asselborn's decision marks the end of an era in Luxembourgish politics, leaving observers to ponder the potential implications of his departure on the country's future political landscape.