Meeting the Crisis

On the eve of the EU summit in Brussels, from which far-reaching measures are expected against the financial and debt crisis, the Presidium of CPCE recalls in a statement the results of the crisis for many people and the challenges for policy and society in Europe.

A national and social lifestyle on apparently unlimited credit has reached its limit. Against a background of inevitable interventions in the social systems, the Presidium of CPCE emphasizes the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity: “The stronger can carry more loads than the weaker”! This is also valid between the states of Europe.

In view of the toughest stress-test up to now for the European Union since its existence, the representatives of CPCE demand measures with courage and a sense of proportion. Therefore, a tax on financial transactions should be speedily approved and the common, already decided economic governance should be anchored firmly in the European institutions.

Behind the demonstrations of young people, in particular, is the well-established need for a solution that is fair to the different generations and which stands for a vital process of participation. This process should regain the primacy of democracy and the social market economy over the anonymous markets.

“It is a profound Christian conviction that a crisis is also a call for a change of course and new reflection”, the Presidium of CPCE underlines. Protestant churches in Europe are participating intensely in the necessary discussions for a changed, responsible life-style. These discussions must be conducted more decisively in churches, societies and countries in order to find and apply the necessary changes. ”The process of European unification, which has ensured peace and prosperity in Europe through the last decades, must not be wrecked by the current crisis!”

  • The Praesidium of CPCE
  • Revd. Dr. Thomas Wipf, Berne
  • Revd. Dr. Stephanie Dietrich, Oslo
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Beintker, Münster


Vienna, 07th. December 2011


At present 105 Protestant churches in Europe (including five South-American churches originating from Europe ) belong to the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE). Lutheran, Reformed, United and Methodist along with pre-Reformation churches such as Hussites and Czech Brethren grant each other pulpit and table fellowship on the basis of the Leuenberg Agreement of 1973. The Secretariat is housed in the Severin-Schreiber-Gasse 3, A-1180 Vienna,, tel. +43.1.4791523.900, fax .110 The CPCE press officer is Mag. Ingrid Monjencs (Vienna), tel. +43.699.18878052,

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