Basta! La Pasta!

By Pascal SteinwachsAnouk Flesch Switch to German for original article

Equipped with phenomenal self-confidence, Viviane Reding made it to the highest spheres of the EU Commission. However, she has never served as a minister. On October 1st, the CSV politician, who has been bored on the rue du Marché-aux-herbes for the last few years, is retiring from active politics.

Somehow she has always been there, the woman with the coiffed hairstyle and the killer smile, who shaped domestic and, yes, also European politics with her robust and brash demeanour over four decades: less so at the beginning, all the more so during her time as EU Commissioner, and then almost not at all in the end.

Nevertheless, the news came as a surprise last Tuesday when the 71-year-old announced on Facebook, one year before the elections, that she would retire from active politics on October 1st: "43 Joer laang hunn ech versicht mäi Bescht ze ginn, fir Lëtzebuerg an Europa staark a liewenswäert ze maachen" ("For 43 years I tried to do my best to make Luxembourg and Europe strong and worth living in").

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