The political coordinator of the Left joined our colleagues on RTL Radio on Monday morning to discuss his personal motivations to enter politics and his vision for Pétange as a candidate in the local elections.

Muller, who is also a member of the 'Young Left', the party's youth section, argued that people should not engage in politics with only elections in mind. Politics should be about heartfelt commitment and a desire for change, he stressed.

When asked about the reason he got involved in politics at the age of 18, Muller referred to several movements across the world that inspired him at the time. These include the one led by Jean-Luc Mélanchon in France in 2017, who focused a lot on involving young people and increasing diversity.

He also referred to Bernie Sanders in the United States and Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom as examples. Furthermore, he explained that the Rojava Revolution in northern Syria left a mark on him and convinced him to move into politics.

The 25-year-old Pétange resident described the Left as "clearly anti-capitalist, queer-feminist, and intersectional", saying they are fighting for oppressed people and minorities with the goal of creating a society in which everyone can benefit from the same privileges.

Municipal elections in Pétange

Muller will run for local office in Pétange. He explained that the party's manifesto rather than individual people will be at the centre of the campaign. He stated that if people are looking for a progressive and ecological society in a town that is close to its residents, then they should vote for the Left.

According to Muller, it is the party's goal to implement a "smart" urbanisation strategy that focuses on making different parts of the small yet populous town accessible in 15 minutes by foot.

The Young Left

Housing is one of the central issues for the Left's youth section at present. Muller advocated in favour of dispossessing empty apartments that are only used for speculative purposes.

Another proposal of the Young Left is to introduce a socially staggered price for water. Muller put forward the idea of making the first 50 litres used in a day by an individual free of charge and then consistently raise costs for every additional 50 litres. This way, non-ecological behaviour would come at a greater cost for people, said Muller.

Interview in Luxembourgish