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The Future of Christian-Democratic Values in the European Union
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Political Network for Values (PNfV) will address “The future of Christian Democratic values in the European Union” in its next webinar of the Transatlantic Dialogues series this Monday, April 19. The speakers will include Katalin Novák, Hungarian Minister for Families, Vice President of the Fidesz Party and President of PNfV; and Lorenzo Fontana, former Italian Minister of European Affairs and Minister of Family and deputy federal secretary of the Liga party. The event will be moderated by Brian Brown, President of the International Organization for the Family and member of the PNfV’s Board of Directors. The Transatlantic Dialogues are a platform to exchange of ideas, analysis and opinions between political representatives of countries in Europe, America and Africa that promote and defend life, family and the fundamental freedoms.
Event reportEurope will only have a future if it recognizes its Christian roots, say politicians from both sides of the Atlantic “The future of Christian Democratic values in the European Union” event was organised under the umbrella of the Conference on the Future of Europe launched the same day by the European Union, which is meant to open a public discussion about Europe among European citizens, politicians and civil society. Rome - Budapest | The future of Europe can only be built from its past and its Judaic-Christian roots, which we cannot renounce or forget if we want our identity to be preserved; This heritage is the key to our future and has already proven to be a guarantee for peace for just over half a century. This is the consensus of politicians from fifteen countries in America and Europe gathered in the most recent edition of the Transatlantic Dialogues organized by the Political Network for Values (PNfV). The webinar held this Monday, April 19, addressed "The future of Christian Democratic values in the European Union" and its speakers were Katalin Novák, Hungarian Family Minister, vice president of the Fidesz party and president of the PNfV; and Lorenzo Fontana, former Minister of Family and European Affairs of Italy and Federal Deputy Secretary of the Liga party. The event was followed by more than 100 political and civil society leaders from 15 countries in Europe and South America. Participants agreed that a free and open political debate regarding conservative and Christian Democratic values is missing in Europe. As traditionally conservative political groups are sliding to leftist political groups, it is necessary to remind Europe that the European Union and the European cooperation is based on the Judeo-Christian roots. Katalin Novák underlined that even if we all have very different national, historical, and cultural heritage in Europe, we all share the same Christian values. This is the basis on which the European Union was founded at the very beginning, and these are the roots that guaranteed peace in Europe in the second half of the 20th century. She mentioned family, the respect of work, responsibility, and the respect of identity as shared values. “We don’t have to believe in God to share these values,” – she said. Conservatism does not reject liberal values: we do believe that men and women are equal, and they should have equal rights and opportunities – but we also believe that they are not identical. However, conservatism nowadays seems weakened and in mainstream media it is portrayed as extremist. This is not true, she said. Unfortunately, “liberalism is not the ideology of acceptance and respect as it wishes to be. The truth is that it doesn’t tolerate anything that does not fit in to the mainstream liberal ideology.” While the international environment is very often hostile, we need to keep on representing the Christian values that we are committed to by heart, like caring and respecting others – always resisting the pressure of leftist media that exercises de facto censorship on everyone who differs from mainstream liberal views. But what does this contribution consist of? Katalin Novák summed it up like this: “our commitment is to a yes to human dignity, yes to Christianity, yes to life, yes to family, yes to freedom, yes to work, yes to the identity and sovereignty of our nations ; and, on the other hand, a no to totalitarianism, no to communism, no to the throwaway culture, no to anti-Semitism, no to massive and disorderly illegal immigration, no to the weakening of families and no to censorship”. Lorenzo Fontana emphasized that now values are being questioned that were unthinkable to attack 30 or 40 years ago and that we are in a geopolitical context in which different models of society compete to impose themselves on a global level. And in this context "the family is the last barrier against the new forms of totalitarianism that have emerged." He emphasize that the family is the first community of reception and protection of the person, it is a fundamental vector in the transmission of traditions - of our cultural heritage-, it is an intergenerational adhesive structure, and it is a very important factor of social welfare. It is our responsibility to stand up and protect traditions and family-based communities against this totalitarian thinking. “The battle does not belong to one country, nor can it be won individually,” – said Lorenzo Fontana, thus Christian democrats also need to join forces internationally. After the Novák and Fontana presentation, political representatives from 15 countries on both sides of the Atlantic discussed the topics pointed out by the speakers. The participants made frequent reference to the founding act of the European Union: the creation of the European Steel and Coal Community, in 1950, made up of Christian values by Robert Schuman, from France; Alcide de Gasperi from Italy; and Konrand Adenauer from Germany; a frame that should not be forgotten. These are the roots that guaranteed peace in Europe in the second half of the 20th century. Today that heritage has been forgotten and betrayed by those who lead the course of the current European Union. The politicians who took the floor agreed that in Europe a free and open political debate is necessary, and that normally those who defend conservative values or Christian Democrats are censored or stigmatized. The Spanish legislator, Ignacio Garriga from the Vox party, pointed out that some conservative or Christian Democratic parties have weakened or abandoned the defense of fundamental values due to strong pressure from the environment; "These founding values are on attack and we must defend them with firmness, determination and perseverance, let us remember that they are the values of our peoples." Paradoxically, many who claim to be liberals have become enemies of freedom, they have become intolerant and do not accept any other point of view, they joined the ranks of an ideological dictatorship that we can see all over the global scene; our responsibility is to offer alternatives founded on true values that are attractive and effective, added Hungarian MP Balázs Hídvéghi from Fidesz. Angela Gandra from Brasil first of all empathized that christian values are only human values. If someone asks her about her ideology, is she a conservative, the answer is she is simply human. From her perspective it is very important to build a dialouge, to ask, to listen, to expose and to show the history. The pandemic helped everyone to build a better dialogue at home. Also she higlighted the importance to speak in the language of love because our main source is the love. Katalin Novák assured that the integration of a new platform is underway that will help bring about a rebirth of the union between the countries of Europe based on their conviction to build truly democratic societies based on Christian values. The first step for this, was the meeting held on April 1 by Mateusz Morawiecki, Polish Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister, and Matteo Salvini, leader of the Italian Liga party to lay the foundations for effective collaboration and a common agenda in the European Parliament.
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