"It's about the cause"

By Pascal SteinwachsLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

The European elections are just around the corner. A good opportunity to talk to the candidates of the participating parties. This time it's the turn of the fledgling party Fokus.

Here they come, the two Annes: Anne Winter, the older of the two, who at 39 is of course still young, and Anne Lecuit, who at 22 is the second youngest of the 78 candidates from all 13 parties in the European elections. Compared to her party, however, even Anne Lecuit is a true Methuselah, as Fokus was founded just over two years ago.

These are also the first European elections for the party, which has already contested the chamber elections and, in three municipalities, the local elections – with limited success, as Fokus did not receive a mandate in any of last year's elections.

In addition to the two Annes and the two co-leading candidates Frank Engel and Monica Semedo, Fokus's European list also includes party president Marc Ruppert and the previously unknown Rick Oberweis, who is taking part in an election for the first time ever.

For party founder and spokesperson Frank Engel, who sat in the European Parliament for the CSV from 2009 to 2019 before leaving the CSV in spring 2021 as the then CSV President in the wake of the so-called "Frëndeskrees"-affair and an internal power struggle within the party, his political future is likely to be at stake on 9 June. He had already wanted to retire from active politics after the parliamentary elections on 8 October, as he announced on Facebook ("Ech wäert iech net méi op de Wecker goen (…) Ech ginn" (which translates to: "I will no longer do your head in (…) I'm leaving"), but then rowed back and is now once again the lead candidate.

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