Raad van Kerken in Nederland
Information in English | Public statement related to national elections
Declaration of the Council of Churches in the Netherlands on the 23rd of January 2017. In this statement the Council pleads for a civilised debate and a constructive attitute among politicians towards one another and towards longterm ideas.
We also call upon the voters. That thay may listen to politicians in a critical way. Knowing that some promises just cannot be realised, and have no credibility. We hope for a new parliament that is not filled with those who represent private interests of certain groups in society, but with true representatives of the people. We respect courageous politicians, who are willing to be constructive, whether they will be called to form and support a new cabinet, or will have a role in the opposition.
It is not, after all, around the short-term interests of groups that everything revolves. It is about the values on which our society as a whole is built. These values will be central when long-term problems are to be taken care of in a sustainable manner. These are values like freedom in general, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, respect for privacy and security, but also solidarity, hospitality and securing good care. That is true for the Netherlands. This is also true for Europe and for the whole world that the Netherlands are part of.