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European Foundation for Democracy

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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.
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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


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‘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.


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Voices on the Rise: Antwerp vernissage


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European Parliament hearing on criminalising forced marriage

EFD led a public hearing on criminalising forced marriage in Europe, hosted by MEP Diana Wallis (Alde, UK), Vice President of the European Parliament, and MEP Jean Lambert (Green Party, UK) on 29th June. Two members of the Liberal Muslims Empowerment Network testified before Parliament about the cultural norms that enable forced marriage in some Muslim communities.


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Vernissage: ‘Voices on the rise’

EFD and the Mission of Afghanistan to the EU co-hosted a vernissage of the celebrated photojournalism exhibition ‘Voices on the Rise: Afghan women making the news’ at the Brussels Press Club. The 50 photographs show a range of professional Afghan women including in politics, government, the media, civil society, the arts and sport. The exhibition remained at


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Voices on the rise: speech by Viviane Reding

Speech by Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner at the opening of the photo exhibition, ‘Voices on the Rise: Afghan women making the news’ on 14th June.    It is my pleasure to be with you tonight to open the photo exhibition “Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women Making the News”.


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How is Islam transmitted to Muslims?

EFD Senior Fellow, Bakary Sambe participated in a conference by Islam & Laïcité.org entitled, ‘How is Islam transmitted to Muslims?’ Over two days in May, the conference tackled questions related to the transmission of cultural and religious identities and how Islam is being transmitted to young Muslims today. Bakary led two panel discussions on ‘strategies for


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EFD Senior Fellow contributes to Iran conference


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“Engage with the opposition movements in Egypt”, Walid Phares advises MEPs


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Integration and Inclusion Seminar: What Policies towards Islam?


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Exchange of views with Afghan legal experts and civil society activists


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