The horror of the sidewalks

By Pascal SteinwachsLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

As part of our summer series, the week before last we also took a detour to Mondorf-les-Bains to accompany the government's youngest minister, Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Tourism Lex Delles, on a walk in the woods as well as a tour of his hometown. For once, the weather was even summery, which helped the mood.

Unfortunately, we forgot to ask Lex Delles during our visit whether the prime minister still calls him "sexy Lexy Dellie", as Xavier Bettel once referred to his party friend in a documentary on RTL. The fact is that Delles, at 36 years old and nearly six feet tall, still exudes something of an impish boyishness, which makes him seem fundamentally likeable and approachable.

In his hometown, Delles is very well-known and when recognized on the street – and he is constantly being recognized – takes the time for a little chat, something politicians tend to do in an election year.

It is also a fact that Delles is kind of a political high-flyer who, in the not so distant past, was or is the youngest mayor, youngest député-maire and – since December 2018 – also the youngest minister, since he is still the junior in the government team. In 2011, for example, the DP politician became a lay assessor in his home municipality directly in his first local election, where he, who was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for the first time in the 2013 chamber elections, took over the mayoralty in January 2014 at the age of 29.

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