buttiglione confims plans to set up christian coalition in europe - news from ekklesia

By staff writers
December 2, 2004

Buttiglione confims plans to set up Christian coalition in Europe -2/12/04

Rocco Buttiglione, the Italian politician who was forced to withdraw as a candidate for EU commissioner, has confirmed to the BBC that he plans to set up a Christian coalition in Europe. At the beginning of November, newspapers reported rumours that he planned to form a religious lobby group to "battle for the freedom of Christians". Senior aides to the Italian minister told the Sunday Telegraph that the new Christian network would not take the form of a political party, but would be a kind of "movement or association" committed to a greater role for Christian principles in public life. They added that the political professor, who will remain in the Italian government, was inspired by the role of Christian voters in the US Presidential election. One close adviser said: "Mr. Buttiglione is thinking of a novel idea: a kind of resurgent Christian political movement in Europe. The success of President George W. Bush in mobilizing the Christian vote in America...is a sign of what can be done."

Buttiglione confims plans to set up Christian coalition in Europe -2/12/04

Rocco Buttiglione, the Italian politician who was forced to withdraw as a candidate for EU commissioner, has confirmed to the BBC that he plans to set up a Christian coalition in Europe. At the beginning of November, newspapers reported rumours that he planned to form a religious lobby group to "battle for the freedom of Christians". Senior aides to the Italian minister told the Sunday Telegraph that the new Christian network would not take the form of a political party, but would be a kind of "movement or association" committed to a greater role for Christian principles in public life. They added that the political professor, who will remain in the Italian government, was inspired by the role of Christian voters in the US Presidential election. One close adviser said: "Mr. Buttiglione is thinking of a novel idea: a kind of resurgent Christian political movement in Europe. The success of President George W. Bush in mobilizing the Christian vote in America...is a sign of what can be done."

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