“We stimulate each other”

By Pascal SteinwachsLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

Djuna Bernard and Meris Šehović are still very young (the party is older than the two Green Party co-chairs), but they already know exactly what they want, which is to do Green politics. That's a lot of work, but above all - as they say - it's also fun.

What the Annalena Baerbock/Robert Habeck team for our German neighbors, Djuna Bernard, who was elected co-president of the "déi gréng" in March 2019, and Meris Šehović, who in turn only took over the co-presidency in July last year, are here in Luxembourg: a good team. As we noted during our interview conducted last Monday, the two party leaders, who have a great desire for politics, get along exceptionally well.

Lëtzebuerger Journal: You are both still very young. What made you decide to go into politics?

Djuna Bernard: In the broadest sense, I grew up with politics at a young age because my mother was active in local politics, so there was always a certain basic interest. Then came civic involvement in the Boy Scouts and in the CGJL (Conférence Générale de la Jeunesse du Luxembourg), during which I distanced myself from politics. However, I realized relatively quickly that if you want to make a difference, you should also be politically involved. So when a door suddenly opened, I decided rather impulsively to walk through it …

What kind of door was that?

DB: When François Bausch suggested to me, during an encounter at the Migration Festival, that we could go out to dinner together. And when you are asked by a minister, of course you don't say no. Then he asked me if I would go with him to the elections, to which I answered yes. But at that time I could "never ever" have imagined that six months later I would actually be sitting in the Chamber.

Meris Šehović: I was already interested in politics at a young age and at the age of 13 I asked my parents for a subscription to Der Spiegel, which I devoured from cover to cover for years. But the big trigger was the secret service scandal, which I followed in minute detail as a university student and which made me doubt the foundations of our democracy. It was also at that time that I started to get really involved with the Young Greens and organize actions, for example for more transparency and accountability in the Wickringen/Liwingen affair, where Luc Frieden was under heavy fire for serious allegations and the "jonk gréng" started a campaign to demand accountability in the Chamber. We urged people to contact the majority caucuses via e-mail in order to exert pressure. We succeeded, with 6,000 people taking part in this campaign (hearty laughter).

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