European Foundation for Democracy


The European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) is a Brussels and Berlin-based policy institute that has been working with civil society, academic, governmental and other stakeholders on the prevention of radicalisation for more than a decade. Through our work with these organisations and groups, EFD’s goal is to ensure that the universal values of the Enlightenment – political pluralism, respect for individual rights, government by democracy – remain the founding precepts of European security and prosperity.

Analysis & Events


The role of ideology in extremist violence and terrorism: What drivers? What solutions?


Lessons from Charlottesville: a discussion with Oren Segal about white supremacy in modern America


Peacebuilding and state-building in Libya: what role for the EU?


Counter Extremism Project conference: Building Alliances – Preventing Terror, 17th and 18th October, 2017

A two-day conference which brought together senior policymakers, academics, industry representatives, NGOs, and the private sector to share innovative ideas for tackling the spread of extremism and terrorist propaganda, countering terror financing, understanding extremist ideologies, and improving community and grassroots engagement. Distinguished speakers included: EU Commissioner for the Security Union Sir Julian King; Executive Director


Risk of suspension of EU-Turkey accession talks

This article from Al Arabiya English discusses the possible suspension of the accession talks between Turkey and the EU. EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek mentions the substantial polarization of the Turkish population, and underlines the risks of closing the door to the diplomats and civil society sharing the EU funding values and principles.


EU – Turkey deal : One year later – Lessons learned and the way forward

On 5 July 2017, the Centre for European Progression organised a conference on the EU-Turkey refugee deal entitled “One year later: lessons learned and the way forward”.

Among other panelists, EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek analysed the deal and its implementation as well as its consequences for Turkey and Turkey-EU relations.


US-EU Relations: Common Foreign Policy and Security Challenges – A Discussion with Senator Joe Lieberman

On Thursday 29th of June 2017, the European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project organised a discussion with the Senator Joseph Lieberman in Brussels. Senator Lieberman is a former member of the U.S. Senate from Connecticut. Serving for 24 years, Senator Lieberman was Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and

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How to counter jihadist radicalisation in schools?


OECD Forum: Lunch debate on Migration & Integration

As global migration continues to dominate the political discourse, businesses that understand the value of diversity will be better equipped to benefit from an inclusive workplace. Though public policy is central in the discussions about migration, the business community too plays a key role in the integration of migrants and in shaping a labour market


Addressing Radicalisation: lessons learned from counter – and alternative narrative campaigns

On 17 May 2017, the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) in cooperation with the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), hosted an event on how to address jihadist radicalization through the implementation of alternative and counter-narratives. Throughout the discussion, the panel discussed different opportunities and the challenges for civil society organizations (CSOs) that are working on these issues.


IPI World Congress 2017: Preventing Radicalisation – Empowering Alternative Voices


ISIS in Afghanistan: old players and new alliances in a complex geopolitical scenario

On May 16 2017, EFD hosted an exchange of views on issues concerning the presence of ISIS in Afghanistan. Afghan expert Kamal Dalili, as well as EFD President Roberta Bonazzi discussed the possible scenarios in this volatile region, the implications for Europe in terms of security and the fight against terrorism, as well as the potential for ISIS to join forces with the Taliban.

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