Lastly, Portugal provides a very interesting case, given the shift in ideology from the center-left to the center-right of the most powerful Christian-democratic party in the country.
17) Despite its name (Partido Social Democrata) which is usually adopted in Europe by center-left parties, in Portugal PSD is actually the main Christian-democratic party (Jose Manuel Barosso, the President of the European Commission being a member of this party).
Some observers said Monti was effectively attempting to recreate the Christian-Democratic party
which dominated politics in Italy for much of the post-war period before falling apart in corruption scandals in the 1990s.
In the mid-1980s, Van Rompuy, a conservative Catholic, born in 1947, was active in the youth section of the Flemish Christian-Democratic Party.
Maybe word had reached the leadership of the Christian-Democratic Party that Herman, a brilliant economist and intellectual, was considering leaving politics; perhaps they made him an offer he could not refuse.
One of these could be a Christian-democratic party
that will appeal to Christians properly dissatisfied with the current Democratic and Republican monopoly.
Together with the Union for the Reconstruction of Romania (URR), the Popular Action (AP) and the Christian-Democratic Party (PCD), PNTCD signed the Popular Manifest in January 2005 stating as goal of the four political parties the creation of a popular party.
87) See the signing of the Popular Manifest by PNT-CD with three smaller Christian democratic parties--the Union for the Reconstruction of Romania (URR), the Popular Action (AP) and the Christian-Democratic Party (PCD) in January 2005.