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By Thomas Jansen

The eu People's get together, the most important political social gathering in Europe, has roots that run deep in heritage. based in 1976 as a Christian Democratic federation, the ecu People's occasion is now a robust centre-right flow and a number one ecu political family members. It has member events in just about all ecu nations, and it's very good represented within the associations of the ecu Union.

This booklet tells the tale of the eu People's celebration: why it was once based, the way it is presently organised and what its guiding principles, values and ideas are. It offers an updated account of the party's contribution to eu integration, its paintings with its member events and its important function in setting up the centre-right in Europe. mainly, this e-book is for everybody who desires to be aware of what a European-level political celebration appears like, the way it is based and the way it acts.

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This made possible both reconciliation and reconstruction out of the ruins of the national states. What was completely new was the vision of the future, the union of Europe, which led to overcoming the old political system. Finally, the post-war Christian Democratic parties were different from their 1920s predecessors in one crucial way: they were genuine people’s parties, having emerged through elections as the leading forces in their countries and having taken on government responsibilities. The Goal: Uniting Europe The NEI was also a co-founder and an active partner of the International European Movement.

It was not just the representatives of national parties or national parliamentary groups who cooperated in EUCD bodies. Those 25 26 Paving the Way: The SIPDIC, NEI and EUCD who held office at the European level, especially the leading figures in the two Christian Democratic parliamentary Groups, the Assembly of the CoE and the EP, also participated. This markedly improved internal communication and the everyday vitality of the organisation. In particular, the Christian Democratic Group in the EP either took over more and more tasks from the EUCD, or made its material resources available to the EUCD.

It underlines the fundamentally accepted, but in practice much-criticised, confederal character of the EUCD’s structure. But as circumstances evolved, the rules on representation eventually became irrelevant. The stronger, politically more important parties – whose larger financial contributions kept the organisation going – made their weight felt. Finally, cooperation in the EUCD framework did not in practice mean formulating, and certainly not implementing, practical policies with substantive content.

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