Shaping Democracy

Democratic institutions are increasingly under pressure – globally, throughout Europe and within Germany. We are committed to helping achieve diverse democracies with high levels of transparency, citizen participation, balanced budgets and sustainable policymaking.

Europe’s Future

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Lack of reforms for education and migration in the EU member states

In different areas the EU member states need reforms - especially in the fields of education and migration. That shows our Europe-wide survey under national experts. read more

International Governance

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Kurdische Flagge


Kurdish Referendum causes Turbulences in the Middle East

With an overwhelming majority, the Kurds in northern Iraq have voted for state independence. The "yes" vote is highly symbolic, but not binding. Now the crucial issue is: in what form will the result play out politically? A commentary by our expert on the Middle East Christian Hanelt. read more

Donald Trump talks to a female staff member in a doorway at the White House while waiting for Egypt's president Al Sisi. Through the opened door, one can see a saluting US soldier and several US flags.


100 Days of Trump: Chaos, Course-Correction and Chocolate Cake

So far, Trump's presidency yielded spectacular headlines but few tangible results: Anthony Silberfeld delivers an interim review. read more

[Translate to English:] Vogelperspektive auf ein Rettungsboot voll mit Flüchtlingen und einem Hubschrauber im Mittelmeer.


Refugees in Italy: Europe holds the key

In front of the Italian coast still thousands of refugees drown or escape death at the last minute. The refugees who reach Italy's shores often face an uncertain future. Time has come to act. read more