It was long ago that we saw so many demonstrators in Germany. It all has to do with a secret meeting of right-wing extremists, considering the mass deportation of people who have fled to our country is moving many, many people.
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Guess what was the most-read article at the German Protestant news site “Evangelische Zeitung” on Wednesday? The overview with this week’s demonstrations against the right-wing AfD. Many Christians in the country feel uneasy with the rise of the AfD in the opinion polls.
Populist politicians are active all over Europe. Last month, Geert Wilders won the elections in the Netherlands by far. Before that, Sweden and Italy saw their governments dominated by populist parties. How should European churches deal with this trend?
Education, education, education. That’s the only way to get out of radicalisation. Not only in Europe but also in the Middle East.
Bishop Reinhard Marx wants to keep right-wing voters outside Catholic church offices in Germany. “A clear line must be drawn.”
Since the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7, there has been a rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents all over Europe. Pro-Palestinian demonstrations that call for the extermination of Jews are attended by hundreds of people. Why?
For a while, it seemed that tensions with Islam in Europe had come to a conclusion. But the war in Israel moved Islam back to the centre of European politics.
Populism is not compatible with the Christian C of CDU, says Thomas Rachel. He is the chairman of the party’s Protestant working group in Germany. With this stance, Rachel contracts the Values Commission of his party.
The right-wing AfD parliamentary group in Germany has requested a national ban on ritual slaughter. However, the anti-Semitism commissioner in the country harshly criticises that proposal.
Christian pietism is essentially different from populism.