The ECFR is a pan-European think-tank with offices in seven European capitals namely Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Warsaw. It aims to contribute a pan-European perspective to national security and foreign policy discourses and to promote coherence in European foreign policy. With its council of over 250 members and its diverse research programmes the ECFR further seeks to advance a continued process of European integration.
The Berlin office, located in the heart of the capital’s political district, is currently the biggest national office of the ECFR. It is led by the senior policy fellow Josef Janning. The work in the office is supported by the input and advice of its German council members as well as regular visits of the founding director Mark Leonard.
The ECFR Berlin regularly organizes events focused on current events in European foreign policy. These can be public discussions and conferences as well as workshops and exclusive round tables for high-ranking German and European experts and government representatives.
The regular “Black Coffee Morning” allows experts and journalists to discuss the latest ‘news and views’ before starting their busy daily schedules. The monthly ‘Berlin Foreign Policy Club’ serves as an informative roundtable for experts, politicians and government officials to discuss current security and foreign policy issues. To ensure fruitful debates and engaged discussion the BFPCs are held in small rounds and adhere to the Chatham House Rules.
The project ‘Rethink: Europe’ is deeply rooted in the Berlin office. It focuses on cohesion and the capacity to act within the European Union and aims to fill gaps in the existing discourse. To that end, two long-term data projects, the EU Coalition Explorer and the EU Cohesion Monitor, have been developed. These two unique research tools enrich the debate on European cooperation with qualitative, quantitative and visual data. The project is conducted in cooperation with the Mercator foundation since 2015.
Moreover, employing a pan-European perspective, we publish weekly commentaries on current political events in Germany and European developments relevant to German politics on our blog ‘Note from Berlin’.
The ECFR is an independent non-profit organization which is financed through diverse sources. Our most important partners are the Mercator Foundation, Robert-Bosch Foundation, Heinrich-Böll Foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, the Federal Foreign Ministry and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin. You can read more about ECFR's donors here.
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