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
Analysis & Events
The Hague (Holland)June 21, 2012
‘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.
Brussels (Belgium)June 6, 2012
On 6 June 2012, the European Foundation for Democracy, in co-operation with MEP Franziska Brantner (Greens, Germany) and MEP Ana Gomes (S&D, Portugal), led a panel discussion at the European Parliament on the worsening crisis in Syria. The panel entitled was entitled ‘Syria: The Tipping Point. What now?’.
Following Paris, the UK, Canada, Indonesia and Brussels, the photojournalism exhibition ‘Voices on the Rise: Afghan women making the news’ was on show in Antwerp from 7th to 17th February 2012. The vernissage and exhibition was supported by the European Foundation for Democracy, the Mission of Afghanistan to the EU and the US Mission to the EU and was hosted by Antwerp Central Station.
In 2011, EFD fellows participated in over 75 events throughout Europe.
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In 2011, EFD fellows contributed over 105 pieces of analysis and commentary to media outlets across Europe.
Brussels (Belgium)June 29, 2011
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.
Brussels (Belgium)June 14, 2011
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
Brussels (Belgium)June 14, 2011
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”.
Europe-tourMay 9, 2011
The European Foundation for Democracy is engaged in a series of public events aimed at bringing Afghan society closer to European audiences. Spanning four countries over two weeks, Afghan civil society guests will share their unique perspectives in areas such as access to healthcare, education, training and justice.
Paris (France)April 28, 2011
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
EFD Senior Fellow Wahied Wahdat-Hagh has been invited to contribute to a conference, organised by the Karl-Theodor-Molinari-Foundation and the Association for German army reservists: “Iran – a Challenge for International Politics?” Dr. Wahdat-Hagh will speak on Iran’s new form of totalitarian rule as well as providing an outline of the state’s evolution since the 1970s.
Now is the right time for the West to engage with opposition groups – including Coptic groups and secular forces – in Egypt, according to EFD Visiting Fellow Dr. Walid Phares, speaking at a European Parliament breakfast meeting to discuss integration, inclusion and Jihadism in the EU on 9th February 2010.
Chaired by President of the European People’s Party (EPP) and former Belgian Prime Minister Wilfred Martens, the seminar invited European Foundation for Democracy Visiting Fellow Walid Phares to provide his expert analysis on a range of subjects including the terrorist threat emanating from the rise of radical Islamist groups in Europe, how to empower liberal Muslim organisations on the European continent, as well as his view on the recent democratic uprisings across the Arab world.
On 28 January 2011, the European Foundation for Democracy, in conjunction with Markus Löning (the Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office) and the German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP), held a briefing to exchange views with Afghan legal experts and civil society activists on their experiences of working on the ground in Afghanistan.