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
Edited By Jean-Dominique Durand
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.
The UJDC: A New Political Culture for a New Ruling Class
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A New Political Culture for a New Ruling Class
The essay presented here is the outcome of a work that is still in progress; therefore it is an unfinished product that needs further insight, in-depth analysis, research and clarification. Furthermore, this topic still needs to be thoroughly addressed because there has been no historiographical contribution yet, and the archives’ reconnaissance stage remains to be defined. So there are some considerable issues.
Despite these limitations, the following discussion is neither improvised nor is it the result of random observations. In fact, it is rather a partial first attempt at highlighting the crucial elements of an emerging political culture, which, on the one hand somehow reveals a continuity between senior party members’ stances and Christian-inspired international organisations and, on the other hand, with the previous youth experiences themselves.
Indeed, while it is possible to identify the founding of the International Union of Young Christian Democrats with the Caracas Congress in May 1962, it is also true that youth sections of the European and Latin American organisations had already been established.
In particular, this essay will focus on the peculiarities of the 1970s’ management of the organisation, which was undoubtedly among the most active decade in terms of both its organisational aspects and political-ideological elaboration.
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