We live in a society in which admitting one’s own sins is seen as a sign of weakness.
Europe holds its breath as emerging parties M5S and Lega announce a government deal. Italian Evangelical Alliance leader Giacomo Ciccone sees a “widespread dissatisfaction” in society.
The Eurosceptic party Fidesz gets two thirds of the parliament’s seats. The Prime Minister will now be able to make deep constitutional changes.
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.
Talks to form a government are expected to be long and difficult. Anti-establishment Five Star Movement and far-right Lega are the big winners of the general election.
“In a country that has known no Reformation we are still grappling with the lack of pluralism and responsibility”, the Italian Evangelical Alliance says.
Decisions are increasingly influenced by the fleeting diktat of popular opinion
Party ANO (Yes) won 29.6% of the vote. His fraud charges will make it difficult for Babis to find the coalition partners he needs.
Kurz, 31, led the conservative People's Party (ÖVP) to get 31,6% of the vote, and he is expected to form a government with the far-right FPÖ.
The vote will show the real power of pro-European forces and far-right populists. “Pray for our politicians to speak truth, to act honestly”.
Coalition talks will be “tough”, the Chancellor admits. Concerns in Europe as AfD’s anti-migration party gets 94 seats in the Federal parliament.
The national election is on September, 24. “Evangelicals have the chance to help re-formulate basic principles of how we can live together peacefully”, says journalist Nicolai Franz.
The deepening partisan ideological divide in all sectors of US society will mean that governance will most likely lurch from one extreme to another. This will have major ramifications for the church and mission.
As Christians living in Europe, we have a unique opportunity to be salt and light in genuine, courageous and simple ways.
The far-right nationalism of Le Pen gets 34% of the vote. A legislative election in June will show if the inexpert President will have the support of the parliament.
Centrist Emmanuel Macron won first round with 23.9% of the votes. Defeated candidates publicly support Macron for the second round on May,7.
“Pray for a return of interest in democracy and the emergence of healthy political figures”, says the European Evangelical Alliance. Freedom of speech, one of the main concerns of French Christians.
If we would talk as much with Muslims as we do about them, Europe would be a different place.
A coalition government will be needed in a country where citizens tend to trust EU politicians more than their own.
Eight in ten citizens voted in key elections. Far-right candidate only gets 13% of the vote and Right-wing Liberal Mark Rutte will try tro form government. Christians are called to “ministry of reconciliation”, evangelicals say.
Representatives from across the world sign manifesto denouncing those who “hailed the US President as a Christian and a prophet.”
The Church should “not be locked inside an institutional box”, says Jaume Llenas. Christians are now in the “margins of culture”, a new missionary context.
A climate of tension surrounds the Dutch general election, which will be held on Wednesday 15. The Missie Nederland General Secretary, Jan C. Wessels, hopes “the values of the Dutch people, which are partly rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition, will conquer.”
Whether the election results swing left or right, the church will always steer its own course. And she will not be afraid to be critical of the government where the gospel would require. A manifesto by theologians Janneke Stegeman and Alain Verheij.
The EEA joins other 160 civil society organisations in demanding “statesmanship that stands up for humanity and dignity and that addresses people’s fears, instead of fuelling them.”
Citizens from all over Europe are driving to Brussels to offer themselves as ‘Official European Chauffeurs’, willing to bring refugees to their respective countries.