ADVERTISING
 
Sunday, November 18   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Media
Do the media in your country usually portray evangelical Christians accurately?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Italy
 

Italian evangelicals show caution against electoral results

The political status quo has been broken with the victory of the 5 Star Movement, the Italian Evangelical Alliance says. The new political context could help to decrease corruption.

AUTHOR Jonatán Soriano, Evangelical Focus ROME 07 MARCH 2018 15:06 h GMT+1
Luigi Di Maio, the Five Star Movement presidential candidate. / Reuters

Prudence characterises the analysis of Italian evangelicals about the different scenarios that can be formed in the new political framework resulting from the general elections of March 4.



A certain optimism after the defeat of the convential parties contrasts with the fear for the risk that the new policywill forget minorities and religious freedom - two elements that have not been a priority in the campaign.



 



THE VICTORY OF EUROSCEPTICISM



On the one hand, Italian evangelicals see in the victory of the Five Star Movement and the rise of the Legaue Party (Lega) an increase of tension towards the European Union. At the same time, they positively value the end of the hegemony of parties that have traditionally fought for the power in the country.



“The established political framework is shattered. On the one hand some instability and Euroscepticism are quite raising. On the other hand, if a government will be established, surely a huge natural spoil-system will happen and corruption could maybe decrease”, explains Vicepresident of the Italian Evangelical Alliance (AEI), Leonardo de Chirico.



 



“SOME POLITICAL MANOEUVRING IS NECESSARY”



The possibilities of governance in Italy are quite complex now. No party has obtained 40% of the votes, the minimum required to form a government.



Some have already thrown in the towel, such as former Prime Minister and candidate for the Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi, who has submitted his resignation after his PD party and allies only obtained 24% of the votes.



“I think there will not be new elections because, with our electoral law, the risk is to reproduce the same results”, Chirico says.



“There are two main poles now: the centre-right dominated by the rather nationalistic League, and the rather populist 5 Stars Movement.  And none of them seems to have sufficient consensus to rule”, he adds.



That is why the AEI believes that “some political manoeuvring is necessary”.



 



“THE RESULTS ARE NOT GOOD FOR THE CHURCH”



Other voices from the evangelical community grant the anti-system representatives the power to create an alternative government to the nationalist right.



“The possibility of forming a new government will depend on the Five Star Movement”, Samuel Magnin, pastor of a church in Monza (Lombardy) points out.



All evangelicals coincide in the fact that these results will bring again a period of ignorance and oblivion by the public administration.



The results are not good for the church. The League is a racist party and does not want evangelicals”, says Magnin. The AEI agrees: “The 5 Stars Movement and especially The League have shown little concern for religious freedom and minorities so far”.



“Usual reference points for evangelicals are no longer there and we have the responsibility to build new bridges. As usual, challenges can become opportunities”, De Chirico points out.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Italian evangelicals show caution against electoral results
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!” Rallies in Bulgaria: “New bill on religion brings us back to Communism!”

Bulgarian evangelicals protested peacefully on November 11 against a draft law which could severely restrict religious freedom of faith minorities. Churches rallied in Sofia and other cities after the Sunday worship services.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
Photos: Hope for Europe Photos: Hope for Europe

Unity in Diversity is the theme of the conference. Representatives of Evangelical Alliances and many other church leaders gathered in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
VIDEO Video
 
Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement” Biotechnology: “There is a difference between restoration and enhancement”

“We have to understand the times in which we live, and have discernment”, says Doctor Peter J. Saunders.

 
The Manzanas case The Manzanas case

A short documentary about how retired pastors and widows of an evangelical denomination in Spain fight a legal battle for their pensions after the favourable ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.