Christian Democracy

Christian Democracy in Europe

Description of Christian Democracy

The Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union describes christian democracy in the following terms: [1] The nearest approximation to a transnational centre-right political creed in post-war Europe, Christian Democracy was the political home of many of the founding fathers of the European idea, including Konrad Adenauer, Alcide de Gasperi, Walter Hallstein and Robert Schuman. At the end of the century, however, it fell on evil days with the self-destruction of the Italian party and its most prominent figure, Giulio Andreotti, and the more surprising disgrace of the German CDU, when Helmut Kohl, its leader for 25 years, was implicated in a party slush fund scandal. (See also Religion and Political groups.)

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Notas y References

  1. Based on the book “A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union from Aachen to Zollverein”, by Rodney Leach (Profile Books; London)

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