Christian Social People's Party

Christian Social People's Party
Christian Social People's Party
Chrëschtlech Sozial Vollekspartei
President Michel Wolter
General Secretary Marc Spautz
Founded 1944
Headquarters 34 rue de l'Eau
Youth wing Christian Social Youth
Ideology Christian democracy
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation Centrist Democrat International
European affiliation European People's Party
European Parliament Group European People's Party
Official colours Orange, Grey
Chamber of Deputies
26 / 60
European Parliament
3 / 6
Politics of Luxembourg
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The Christian Social People's Party (Luxembourgish: Chrëschtlech Sozial Vollekspartei, French: Parti populaire chrétien social, German: Christlich Soziale Volkspartei), abbreviated to CSV or PCS, is the largest political party in Luxembourg. The party follows a Christian Democratic and conservative ideology and, like most parties in Luxembourg, it is strongly pro-European. It is a member of the European People's Party (EPP) and the Centrist Democrat International.

The CSV has been the largest party in the Chamber of Deputies since the party's formation, and currently holds 26 of 60 seats in the Chamber. Since the Second World War, every Prime Minister of Luxembourg has been a member of the CSV, with only one exception (Gaston Thorn, 1974–1979). It holds three of Luxembourg's six seats in the European Parliament, as it has for 20 of the 30 years for which MEPs have been directly elected.

The President is Michel Wolter. However, the leading figure from the party is the Prime Minister, Jean-Claude Juncker, who governs in coalition with the Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP). Eight other CSV members sit in the cabinet of fifteen people.



  • 1914: The earliest roots of the CSV date back to the 16 January 1914, with the foundation of the Party of the Right.
  • 1944: The Party of the Right is officially transformed into the CSV.
  • 1945: The first elections after the Second World War took place; the party won 25 out of 51 seats, missing an absolute majority by a single seat.
  • 1945 - 1974: The party was in government from 1945 to 1974 and gave Luxembourg the following Prime Ministers: Pierre Dupong, Joseph Bech, Pierre Frieden, and Pierre Werner. Mostly in a coalition with the Democratic Party (DP), it gave Luxembourg a certain economic and social stability.
  • 1974: The party goes into opposition for the first time, as the Democratic Party's Gaston Thorn becomes Prime Minister in coalition with the LSAP.
  • 1979: The party gets back into government after its victory in the 1979 elections; Pierre Werner becomes PM.
  • 1984: Jacques Santer becomes PM.
  • 1995: Jean-Claude Juncker becomes PM, Jacques Santer becomes President of the European Commission
  • 2004: The party is currently in a coalition with the Luxembourg Socialist Workers Party, it has 24 out of 60 seats

Election results

Below are charts of the results that the Christian Social People's Party has secured in the Chamber of Deputies at each election. Timelines showing the number of seats and percentage of votes won are on the right.

Year Vote % Place Seats Place

1945 25 1st Yes
1948 22 decrease 1st Yes
1951 21 decrease 1st Yes
1954 42.4 1st 26 increase 1st Yes
1959 36.9 decrease 1st 21 decrease 1st Yes
1964 33.3 decrease 2nd decrease 22 increase 1st Yes
1968 35.2 increase 1st increase 21 decrease 1st Yes
1974 27.6 decrease 2nd decrease 18 decrease 1st No
1979 34.5 increase 1st increase 24 increase 1st Yes
1984 34.9 increase 1st 25 increase 1st Yes
1989 32.4 decrease 1st 22 decrease 1st Yes
1994 30.3 decrease 1st 21 decrease 1st Yes
1999 30.1 decrease 1st 19 decrease 1st Yes
2004 36.1 increase 1st 24 increase 1st Yes
2009 38.0 increase 1st 26 increase 1st Yes



General Secretaries

Presidents in the Chamber of Deputies

See also


  1. ^ "François Biltgen". Service Information et Presse. 2006-06-07. Archived from the original on 2006-07-09. Retrieved 2006-07-18. 
  2. ^ New leader for the CSV
  3. ^ (Luxembourgish) "Perséinlechkeeten aus der CSV". Christian Social People's Party. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 

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