Gulyas: Christian democracy nonexistent in western Europe in original sense of the word
Gergely Gulyas told a conference focusing on the coexistence of religious communities in Europe that whereas thirty years ago, former Prime Minister Jozsef Antall rightly said that “even atheists are Christians in Europe”, by now the spirit of the times, supported by European Union institutions, aim to achieve quite the opposite.
Christian Democrats in western Europe initially abandoned all their principles to gain political power and then lost that power, he said.
Currently, there are no Christian Democrat prime ministers in Europe west of Vienna, Gulyas said. During the time when the European community was made up of fifteen members, the majority of prime ministers in member states were attached to Christian democrat values or party groups, he added.