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


İntﻉgrati٥n made in Germany – lost between worldliness and values?

On 30th November, EFD hosted a discussion on “İntﻉgrati٥n made in Germany – lost between worldliness and values?“ at the Tiyatrom Theater in Berlin-Kreuzberg in cooperation with the German Green party.


Alexander Ritzmann, EFD Executive Director, spoke at European Parliament LIBE Hearing on radicalisation prevention

On 29th November, EFD Executive Director and Chairman of RAN Communications and Narratives (C&N) Working Group, Alexander Ritzmann, was among a group of policy experts speaking at the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee’s Pubic Hearing on preventing and countering radicalisation and violent extremism.


Analysis: Turkey-EU relations drifting towards a cliff

EFD Senior Policy Advisor Demir Murat Seyrek writes for DW Türkçe on the worsening relationship between Turkey and the EU as a result of serious problems in Turkey in terms of fundamental rights and freedoms & Turkish government’s increasingly negative attitude towards the EU.


The Threat of ISIS from a Turkish Perspective: Deputy Chair of Turkey’s main opposition party will share his insight and experiences

The European Foundation for Democracy hosted a closed-door breakfast briefing with Öztürk Yilmaz, Vice Chair of the Republican People’s Party (CHP, Turkey’s main opposition party) in charge of Foreign Relations. Yılmaz, a former Ambassador, is a Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey from Ardahan. He was taken hostage in June 2014, when he was the Consul General of Turkey in Mosul and held for 101 days by ISIS.


“Jihad 2.0”: How to tackle online propaganda, radicalisation and recruitment?

The European Foundation for Democracy, along with the European Policy Centre, jointly hosted a policy dialogue entitled: ” “Jihad 2.0”: How to tackle online propaganda, radicalisation and recruitment?” on 4 October 2016. The guest speakers included Andrea Plebani, Associate Research Fellow, Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, Milan, Tahir Abbas, Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute, UK, David Ibsen, Executive Director of the Counter-Extremism Project, Lucinda Armstrong, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission and Andrea Frontini, Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre (Moderator).


“eGLYPH”: an innovative new algorithm that identifies extremist content on Internet and social media platforms

In June 2016, the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) announced the development of a technological solution, “eGLYPH”, that will allow Internet and social media companies to quickly remove extremist content from their platforms.


Turkey in the Aftermath of the Failed Coup Attempt

Late in the evening on 15 July, an attempted coup d’état was initiated in Turkey by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces. Within less than 24 hours, the attempt to overthrow the government had failed, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured in its wake.


Press Release

Statement by Elham Manea


Jihadist Hotbeds – Understanding Local Radicalisation Processes

Building upon the current debate on the origin and nature of jihadist militancy, “Jihadist Hotbeds – Understanding Local Radicalisation processes” outlines a broad spectrum of radicalization factors contributing to the emergence of jihadist hotbeds: poverty, unemployment, lack of job prospects, juvenile delinquency, trafficking and smuggling, socio–political, economic and physical marginalization, the role of Salafist ideology as well as the influence of brotherhood networks.

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