Supporting Terrorism Online
23 June 2021
Thirty years ago, Christian democracy seemed set for a promising start in Central Europe. Democratic leaders after 1989 were either deeply involved with the idea (Lech Wałęsa, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, József Antall) or at least recognised that religion must not be used for political conflict (Václav Havel). Yet, parties and movements shielded by Christianity were short-lived, with no longer tenure, and suffered from fragmentation. Today, politics inspired by Christianity is at a crossroads: abandoned by the secular mainstream, hijacked by nationalists.
Perhaps it was too naive to expect that Christian democratic ideas would have influenced post-communist politics in a similar way as it happened in post-Nazi Germany, post-fascist Italy or Spain? To what extent did a ‘Western’ concept of Christian democracy shape Central European politics?