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


Hisba: Islamic morality policing

Together with MEP Santiago Fisas Ayxela (EPP, Spain), EFD hosted a panel discussion at the European Parliament on hisba, a form of Islamic morality policing, that has appeared in Europe. The occasion marked the launch of EFD’s study, Hisba in Europe authored by Senior Policy Advisor Lorenzo Vidino. The report assesses the prevalence of hisba in a number of European countries


The Iranian presidential elections: plus ça change?

On 18 June 2013, the European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed-door policy briefing on the recently held presidential elections in Iran. The guest speaker was Mehdi Kalaji, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. During the briefing, Mr. Khalaji provided an analysis of the results of the elections, which took place on 14 June. He analysed the decision-making dynamics within the Islamic Republic, focusing on the roles of the supreme leader, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the President, in this process and assessed the potential implications of Iran’s nuclear policy and regional aspirations in a post-Ahmadinejad era.


New evidence of Iran’s destabilising influence across South America


Effectiveness of Iran sanctions

In co-operation with the Centre for European Studies, EFD hosted a panel discussion on 16th April to assess the effectiveness of international sanctions on Iran. The speakers included Mark Dubowitz, a Washington-based expert who has advised the Obama administration and the U.S. Congress on Iran sanctions and nonproliferation issues and EU sanctions co-ordinator Francesco Fini, of the European External Action Service


Radicalisation and the media

EFD in co-operation with MEP Elisabetta Gardini (EPP, Italy), led a panel discussion at the European Parliament on radicalisation in the media on 23rd January. Guest speakers included Andrew Gilligan, the London Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. Andrew has extensively covered the rise of Islamism in Britain and British politics. Morten Skjoldager, is a journalist with Politiken, the largest Danish


Radicalisation in schools and universities

EFD in co-operation with MEP Olle Schmidt (ALDE, Sweden) led a panel discussion at the European Parliament on radicalisation in schools and universities on 13th November. Speakers included EFD’s Programme Director, Ahmad Mansour and Senior Policy Advisor, Lorenzo Vidino as well as Rupert Sutton, Researcher with Student Rights in London, a non-partisan group dedicated to supporting equality, democracy and


Young muslims in danger? Salafism in Germany

Pluralist societies and democratic states cannot allow young people to be indoctrinated by extremists. In common with youths of other backgrounds, young Muslims are threatened by religiously motivated extremism, with Salafists in Germany attempting to propagate their political ideology as “true Islam”. The European Foundation for Democracy and the Network for a New European Generation are


‘Voices on the Rise’ exhibition arrives in the Hague

‘Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News’ is an exhibition that explores the lives of Afghan women from the rare perspective of professional Afghan women. The exhibit shows how these trailblazing women are working towards the reconstruction of their country in a range of fields, including journalism, the arts, government, politics and human rights.


Voices on the Rise: Antwerp vernissage

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