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FES in Germany

FES Bonn
Bonner Haus
Godesberger Allee 149
D-53175 Bonn
Tel. +49 (0)228/ 883- 0

FES Berlin
Berliner Haus
Hiroshimastraße 17
D-10785 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30/ 26935- 6

FES Berlin
Berliner Haus
Hiroshimastraße 28
D-10785 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30/ 26935- 6

FES in Germany

About - FES in Germany

Origin values and aims:

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is a German political non-profit oriented public-interest institution committed to social democracy and the basic values of peace, democracy and social justice. Being the oldest of Germany's political foundations, FES was founded in 1925 as a political legacy of the first democratically elected German president, Friedrich Ebert, who died in that year. Ebert, a Social Democrat of humble origin, had risen to hold the highest office in his country despite considerable opposition from the undemocratic political elite. He assumed the burden of the presidency in a country which was crisis ridden following its defeat in World War I. His own personal and often painful experience in political confrontation led him to propose the establishment of a foundation with a threefold aim:

  • contributing to international understanding and cooperation wherever possible to avert a fresh outbreak of war and conflict;
  • furthering a democratic, pluralistic political culture by means of political education for all classes of society;
  • facilitating access to higher education and research for gifted young people by providing scholarships.

The Foundation was immediately banned when the Nazi regime entered into power in 1933 and not re-established until 1947 after World War II. Since then, it continues to pursue those aims and values in its educational and policy-oriented work in Germany and abroad and has developed extensive programmes in each of the above areas.

Priority Areas

In its work in Germany the Foundation focuses on political education towards enabling the people of the Federal Republic of Germany and its organisations to determine the future of their own society, critically analyse changes and challenges and become actively involved in the democratic political process. Activities in three educational centers and sixteen regional offices in all major parts of Germany are important in this respect and contribute as well to the social integration of East and West Germany. The wide range of subjects and questions includes all fundamental issues concerning democracy, international relations and day-to-day politics. In its educational work the FES cooperates with the German Trade Union movement and many other civil society organisations like women's associations, environmental organisations, church organisations, members of local government, development policy groups, and universities.

Another important activity is practice- and future-oriented research work and consultancy, analysing the economic, social and political problems in Germany and Europe, with a particular emphasis on problems in connection with the German unification process. The concept and guidelines for these activities are provided by the report of the Future Commission of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung on economic efficiency, social cohesion and ecological sustainability. Research on social and contemporary history is dedicated to the historical context of social democracy and trade unions. The Archives of Social Democracy and the Foundation's library in Bonn preserve "both the unprinted and printed memory of the labour movement".

Political and academic dialogues on foreign and security policy provide a forum for interaction between experts and the broader public. Through its publications, research projects and symposia, workshops and other forms of exchange of ideas, the Foundation annually attracts thousands of experts from economic and political life, public administration, the trade unions, the academic world and the media.

A well-known feature of the Foundation's activity is the support of students and young post-graduates with outstanding academic qualifications from Germany and abroad for whom an academic education is an expression of their commitment to society, democracy and their country, and not only a first step to a successful career. Applicants must be inscribed in and studying at a German university and have successfully completed their foundation course. In its supplementary seminar programme the Foundation aims at building bridges between science and its practical application and at creating a better understanding of the purpose and the nature of democracy and political policy.