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Christian Democrat Internationalism

Its Action in Europe and Worldwide from post World War II until the 1990s. Volume II: The Development (1945–1979). The Role of Parties, Movements, People


Edited By Jean-Dominique Durand

From September 2011 to December 2013 the Luigi Sturzo Institute in Rome along with the Centre of European Studies planned a series of international scientific meetings to study one highly important political subject: the commitment of Christian Democrats on an international level. This project has been organised thanks to the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and the International Labour Organisation.
Internationalism is a Key Element for the Christian Democrat Identity. In fact, CD is a political movement of thought and action whose roots lie in a specific ideology: to use the German word Weltanschauung, it is based on a particular framework of ideas and beliefs that leads the party to interpret the relationship between men and nations from an international point of view, ensuring the human being a central place in every social policy.
The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, wrote in a Message to these Meetings:
«We can consider ourselves very lucky that 50 years ago forward-thinking personalities founded the World Union of Christian Democrats. From then on, the world, through globalisation, has been deeply changed. Events that take place in other continents immediately impact on our lives. We will be able to protect ourselves from terrorism, achieve economic and social security, and defend our environment only through common global action. This is the task of our generation: to overcome these global challenges. […] Our parties and our political organisations share a common Christian ideal of man. This ideal, grounded on the inalienability of human dignity, is at the core of one important value: to this man has linked a social and economic model that combines economic success and social responsibility.»
Her message clearly shows the need to use historical knowledge, to return to and explore a rich and challenging past as well as to develop a reflection on and a course of action for the present and the future.


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Liliosa Azara, full time researcher in Contemporary history at the Faculty of Education Science, Roma Tre University. She is also teacher at the Interior Ministry School of Administration. She carries out inter- national study and research activity, especially related to international organisations and inter-institutional relationships between the intergov- ernmental organisations and the Holy See. Member of the Unesco History Project, and the ILO Century Project. Author of several publica- tions, in scientific Journals and in collective Works. Alfredo Canavero, Professor of Contemporary History at the Milan State University. His focus is on the history of International Relations, Italian foreign policy, history of the Church and of the Catholic move- ment. He directs the Centro per gli Studi di Politica Estera e Opinione Pubblica of the University of Milan and is Secretary General of the Commission of History of International Relations, affiliated to the International Congress of Historical Sciences. Particularly he puublished Albertario e ‘L’Osservatore Cattolico’, Roma, Studium, 1988; I cattoli- ci e la società italiana, Brescia, La Scuola, 1991); Filippo Meda. L’intransigente che portò i cattolici nello Stato, Milano, Centro Ambro- siano, 2003); Alcide De Gasperi. Christian, Democrat, European, Rome-Bruxelles, Fondazione De Gasperi-EPP Group, 2010). He has edited, together with Jean-Dominique Durand, the volume Il fattore religioso nell’integrazione europea, Milano, Unicopli, 1999) and, together with Jean Beaumont, Globalizatíon, Regionalízatìon and the History of International Relations (Milano - Vittoria, Australia, Uníco- pli – Deakin University, 2005). Carlo Felice Casula, Professor of Contemporary History at the Roma Tre University....

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