In December, former CSV party president Marc Spautz analysed the party's defeat in the 2018 elections. He found many faults, but incidentally none involved himself.
Some of the many accusations that Spautz levied at the party were that they had been too cocky, they had failed to work as a team, and the Wort newspaper had not helped. RTL's Nico Graf took an in-depth look at the seven-page long analysis, titled Reflections on the analysis of the elections.
The document, written in December 2018, consists of the party president's reflections on the events which caused the resignation of the general secretary and group chairman, incidentally the lead candidate as well. Spautz's paper also reflected on the idea that his mandate as president will soon end.
Graz identifies one particular curious aspect of the paper - at no point did Spautz examine himself and his own actions. He did not mention or address any mistakes that he, as party president, made. Instead, he attributds the party's failure to everybody else, including communication advisers, agencies, lead candidates, and the party.
The main mistake that the party made in Spautz's eyes was the over-confidence of the party in the months and even years preceding the elections. He believed the party was too confident in thinking it would win the 2018 elections hands down. Spautz described it as excessive optimism and a false sense of security.
On that last note, Spautz's paper really went into the issue of a false sense of security and hubris. He mentioned the inside life of the party, claiming this false sense of security was visible on a number of levels, notably the idea that Claude Wiseler would definitely become prime minister, individual candidates believing they would be sure to get particular government posts. He claimed that some municipal councils were even discussing their post-October composition in the event that members got elected. This, according to Spautz, caused rivalries and a lack of team spirit. Finally, he believed the electoral programme lacked heart and soul.
A further point is that the polls had been favourable, leading to greater optimism amongst CSV members. The party seemed unaware of the general population's more reserved opinion.
Spautz also dedicated a specific section to the issue of Wiseler, the lead candidate. He claimed Wiseler did not have the backing of a truly politically competent team. Whilst the CSV generally had success with the system of a lead candidate only being electable in one constituency, this did not work with Wiseler. He stressed that Wiseler is not the same as Jean-Claude Juncker and deplored Juncker's absence in the campaign.
Spautz also wrote that there was a gap between Wiseler and the majority of the candidates as well as criticising the early rejection of a coalition with the ADR.
Finally, he claimed the blame lies with the Luxemburger Wort, having previously maintained that the CSV "no longer has friends in the press." Globally, as Graf points out, Spautz appeared to be content to blame everybody but lacked self-reflection.