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Christian Democrat Internationalism

Its Action in Europe and Worldwide from post World War II until the 1990s- Volume III: The European People’s Party- Continental and Social Cooperation

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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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The Ideological Shift of the EPP. An International Content Analysis

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The Ideological Shift of the EPP

An International Content Analysis1

Ovidiu VAIDA

University of Cluj, Romania

Introduction

One of the main tasks of every political party is to spread its messages to citizens and implicitly, to voters. Since the central objective of such an organisation is the acquisition and exercise of political power, usually by being in government, the communication of its goals should be paramount for a political party. Political parties do this in two ways: through political speeches and discourses of all kinds (including statements) and through written documents, that are mainly party programmes and electoral manifestos.

While the former has the advantages of being updated and in day-to-day use, the latter, less attractive for media or public opinion, are preferred by scholars or experts, since they better, and in a more formal way, express the goals of a certain political party (or candidate). Due to the fact that they are written and are not changed for years, these political documents are more suitable for a profound analysis. This is why there are several projects that have dealt with the analysis of political documents.

One outcome of this particular type of analysis is that any change in the tone or direction of a party can be measured or quantified. Usually, a political party maintains the same type of discourse or political direction for several years. For instance, the British Conservative Party...

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