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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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Latin America: Laboratory for the Future or Democracy Crisis

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Latin America

Laboratory for the Future or Democracy Crisis

Gianni La BELLA

Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy

Since the beginning of the 1990s South America has been at the centre of a progressive and natural transformation, which the Western concept of that world rarely captures with sufficient awareness. After the Latin America marked by optimism and great illusions declined, along with the one marked by a bright future, the one disguised as Third World (nationalist, revolutionary, and anti-American) and the one marked by the neoliberal hegemony imposed by the Washington consensus, the continent seems to have finally put an end to the myth of exotic diversity, accepting a turn towards pragmatism, the refusal of rhetoric, the consolidation of democracy and its increased autonomy concerning the strategy for its due recognition on the world stage, driven by its new role as a great power forcefully represented by Brazil1.

A New International Prominence

Thanks to the dynamism of countries such as Brazil, Argentina and Mexico – and it is not by mere coincidence that these countries are members of the G20, the most important forum for economic and financial topics on a global scale – for years now Latin America has experienced a considerable revival of its international outlook, which is the expression of the profound restructuring of its internal political, social and economic framework, unanimously recognised by the international community. This new prominence at the world...

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