By Thomas Jansen
The eu People's get together, the biggest political celebration in Europe, has roots that run deep in heritage. based in 1976 as a Christian Democratic federation, the ecu People's get together is now a robust centre-right move and a number one eu political kinfolk. It has member events in just about all ecu nations, and it's very good represented within the associations of the ecu Union.
This ebook tells the tale of the eu People's social gathering: why it used to be based, the way it is presently organised and what its guiding rules, values and rules are. It supplies an up to date account of the party's contribution to eu integration, its paintings with its member events and its important position in setting up the centre-right in Europe. in particular, this publication is for everybody who desires to understand what a European-level political get together feels like, the way it is dependent and the way it acts.
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At the same time, European parliamentarians were exposed to the danger of remaining isolated in Strasbourg and Luxembourg. Their dual mandate, which meant they had to be present at both national and European levels, placed a huge burden on everyone, in intellectual, practical and physical terms. When something important was going on in a national parliament, the member might often be absent from the EP. For the most part, national problems overshadowed European issues because they were more urgent and because they directly impinged on a deputy’s position in his or her constituency, party or parliamentary group.
Lücker was adept at exploiting all these possibilities to achieve the breakthrough formation of a ‘European party’. 61 59 60 61 Letter from Ferragni, Secretary General of the Christian Democratic Group, to Karl Josef Hahn, Deputy Secretary General of the EUCD, 4 January 1972, IX-004-081. See articles by Egon Klepsch (pp. 31–33), Ferragni (pp. 84–88) and Josef Müller (pp. 111–13) in Fraktion der Europäischen Volkspartei, Liber Amicorum: Erinnerungen an Hans August Lücker zum 70. Geburtstag (Bonn, 1985).
In the course of the 1970s, the institute published Christian Democratic Panorama, a cultural magazine that appeared in several languages. Cahiers d’études, which appeared at the same time, contained numerous studies and reports. It focused on basic social 49 From 1971 to 1982 Hahn was also Deputy Secretary General of the EUCD. On the CDICID, see Papini, L’Internationale, 100ff. The European Union of Christian Democrats (1965–76) and political issues, and Christian Democratic parties’ different political programmes and experiences.
At Europe's Service: The Origins and Evolution of the European People's Party by Thomas Jansen