The Christen Democratisch Appel (Christian Democratic Appeal) was officially formed in 1980 through the merger of three other ‘confessional’ parties. The CDA (or one of its predecessors) was part of every government between 1918 and 1994. Then, after eight years in opposition, the party bounced back in 2002. The Bible is seen as a source of inspiration rather than a dictate. Politically, the CDA is viewed as middle of the road and socially conservative. website