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


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.


How teachers face against radicalisation among students

This article by Huffington Post mentions EFD’s latest publication, the Practitioner’s Guide to Preventing Radicalisation in Schools, citing examples of the courses of action recommended to teachers who are faced with intercultural conflict or tensions of religious origin in schools.


Commissioner King’s address at a book launch hosted by the European Policy Centre, European Foundation for Democracy and the Counter Extremism Project, ‘The Challenge of Jihadist Radicalisation in Europe and Beyond’, in Brussels

On 22nd of March, the European Policy Centre (EPC), in cooperation with the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) and the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) hosted a high-level panel discussion on the occasion of EPC-EFD book launch. Commissioner Julian King was present and gave an insightful speech. The European Foundation for Democracy is mentioned in the transcription of his address by the European Commission.


The Challenge of Jihadist Radicalisation

Over the past several months, Europe has found itself on the frontline in the fight against terrorism and jihadist radicalisation. These have become among the most serious threats to European security and the values on which the EU is built. In the wake of the November 2015 Paris attacks, the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD), the European Policy Centre (EPC) and the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) came together to analyse the rise of jihadist radicalisation in Europe and beyond and develop concrete policy recommendations to tackle the issue head-on. This book, published exactly a year after the 22nd March Brussels attacks, is the result of a series of multi-stakeholder events and workshops and features contributions from leading experts from across Europe.

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