The European Christian Political Movement (ECPM), which currently has four MEPs, was presented in Madrid (Spain) on 16th June.
Its president Valeriu Ghiletchi explained that “the ECPM is the only European political party that explicitly promotes Christian values in politics. Our movement brings together like-minded individuals, parties and organizations from across Europe”.
Ghileţchi, who is also a Baptist pastor in Moldova, explained that he started in 2005 as a movement of Christian politiciansand eventually became a European political party, gaining seats in the European Parliament.
His the main objectives are clearly based on a biblical worldviewincluding human dignity (from conception to death), an economic policy that puts people before profit, the struggle against human trafficking and for the abolition of prostitution, the support of the natural family, the sovereignty of nations, the defense of freedoms, and above all, the preservation and promotion of European Christian culture and heritage.
ECPM has members and partners from all over Europe. Members are registered political parties (currently around 20) and members of national parliaments. The partners are organisations, including, among others, the European Evangelical Alliance.
According to Ghiletchi, explicit Christian identity is essential and its preservation requires constant work. Besides a large number of Evangelical, Orthodox and Catholic members are also part of the ECPM.
In Spain, the only member of ECPM is Continue+ (With You More), a recently created evening. Its Secretary General Juan Carlos Abellán was the host of this meeting in Madrid and the coordinator of the presentation.
Continue+ is a transverse part who identifies with the objectives and principles of ECPM, with an emphasis on need to involve civil society in politics.
asked what would be distinguish them from others like the far-right Spanish party Vox, with whom they might agree on some aspects, he replied that the first thing would be to ask “if Vox is a party with a Christian identity”, since it is not mentioned anywhere. He added that there would also be significant differences with Vox, such as in areas of social policy and the treatment of migrants.
Moreover, they confirmed, “Vox was not asked, nor asked by this party to become a member of the ECPM”.
Leo van DoesburgDirector of Policy and European Affairs at ECPM, shared a reflection on “Fundamentals of Christian Politics ».
Starting from the origins of Christian democracy in the 19th century, it highlighted his role in advocating for social justice based on the human being as “the image of God in the face of nascent capitalism”.
Another basic principle, he said, is the separation of church and statedistorted since by denying Christians participation in public life (which the Council of Europe has recognized).
He pointed out the need for the rule of lawapprehend justice as a defense of the law but also as an effort to bring justice to the weakest.
Another key aspect he mentioned was responsibility to others. Personally and with the environment and nature; to be good administrators (“efficient, honest, as for God”).
Doesburg defended the essence of freedoms, not as an “I do what I want”, but as a responsible interaction.
Finally, he lamented that the distinctly Christian roots of the birth of the European Union had first been ignored and then deniedbeing “something to recover in our culture”.
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– The European Christian Political Movement presented in Spain