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The Role of Democratic State in Inter-Religious Relations: Theoretical and Historical Considerations in Respect of Countries in Transition

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Since the end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, all the countries of Eastern Europe began a deep transition process characterized by the opening of their economies and changes in their political systems towards democracy. The new political framework directly affected the status and working conditions of churches and religious communities in many respects: First, the collapse of the socialist systems was mainly caused by the loss of political legitimacy of the ruling communist parties. New democratic values pushed back their socialist ideology together with its anti-clerical and anti-religious views. Secondly, the disappearance of an official state doctrine initiated a search for a new national identity in cultural and religious terms.

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Religious Community Muslim Community Faith Community Spiritual Leader Cooperationist Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)BerlinGermany

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