Luxembourg referendum 2015

How Luxembourg voted on foreigner voting rights


(CS) While not a single commune on Sunday voted to support foreigner voting rights, or either of the other two referendum questions, there were nonetheless some differences in the levels of 'no' votes across the country.

Luxembourg City delivered the most positive result, with only 67.01 percent against foreigner voting rights. Reisdorf, in the east of Luxembourg on the border to Germany, by comparison saw 87.29 percent vote against granting non-nationals the right to vote in general elections, provided they have lived in the country for at least 10 years and previously voted in a local or European election while resident in the country.

In eight other communes the 'no' votes were at nearly 86 percent or over.

The capital was the only commune where under 70 percent voted 'no'. Overall, the question received a 78.02 percent 'no' vote.

Lowering voting age to 16 found even less favour, with an overall 'no' vote of 80.87 percent.

Here, too, Reisdorf delivered the most 'no' votes at 87.1 percent, with seven other communes having a no vote of around 86 percent or over. In this question the most positive result came from Fischbach, where comparatively low 71.64 percent voted against opening up the vote to teenagers from 16 years of age.

The question on limiting ministerial mandates to 10 years was assessed more positively on the whole, with a final 'no' vote of 69.93 percent. There was significant divergence on this question as well, with the most negative outcome (81.71 percent) coming from Wahl in the country's west.

Kopstal was the most positive on this question, with a 'no' vote of just 62.88 percent.

The Luxembourg government and the coalition parties DP, LSAP and déi Gréng have said that they would respect the outcome of the referendum and that these three elements would be not be further considered as part of a wider reform of the Luxembourg constitution.

However, the government on Sunday also refuted calls for the resignation of the Prime Minister. With just around 20 to 30 percent support for the government, which had campaigned for 'yes' on all three questions, opposition politicians argued that the country's coalition had lost its legitimacy.

Leader of the CSV faction in parliament Claude Wiseler commented on RTL: “We said that we would not demand a resignation. But if I was Premier I would know what I would have to do tomorrow morning at 8am.”

Gast Gibéryen of the ADR also said that Bettel should hand in his resignation on Monday, speaking of a defeat for the government. David Wagner of opposition party déi Lénk meanwhile said that the government should ask itself why people do not trust them anymore. “The foreigners will perceive this clear 'no' as rejection,” he warned.

The result of the referendum is set to be debated in parliament on Tuesday.