Invest in the future of Europe and provide core support

ECFR has ambitious plans as it enters the second decade of its existence. In a fragmenting Europe, we envision a more networked ECFR that focuses on countering Europe’s centrifugal tendencies and that makes the case for cooperative European solutions to foreign policy challenges. To be effective, we believe it is key to understand national agendas and debates, develop fresh ideas, frame arguments for a common European foreign policy in ways that resonate in national capitals, and to reach out in new ways to sceptical audiences.

Your core support enables us to allocate funds where they are needed most and give us the necessary flexibility to respond with new ideas in a world that has become far more unpredictable.

Europeanise the debate and support our national offices

ECFR is the only think-tank that has a truly pan-European footprint, with offices in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Sofia, Warsaw, and a presence in Brussels. The national offices serve as incubators of new ideas and forums for debate between policy makers, thought leaders, and the wider public. Their goal is to explain their respective country to Europe and vice versa. This unique structure allows ECFR to understand and influence the debate in key national capitals, building networks with policymakers and journalists in each country, and making sense of the big policy foreign policy questions that drive different EU member states.

Promote a value-based European foreign policy and support our programs

The welfare and protection of the EU’s nations and citizens will heavily depend on its ability to develop cooperative European solutions to the key foreign policy challenges. Therefore, ECFR’s research expertise is centred on four programs and areas: Asia & China, Middle East & North Africa, European Power, and Wider Europe.

In all these fields, our policy experts are highly regarded and known to be the leading minds on their subjects and are frequently published in key media outlets. ECFR experts are regularly invited to present their research and findings in private briefings for heads of state, ministers and leading EU representatives, or to be part of official consultation processes and hearings of national, EU or United Nations institutions. Many of our staff have been invited to advise governing bodies at national, EU or UN level.

Promote pan-European exchange and sponsor an event

Throughout the year, ECFR hosts a series of events at our national offices or at the pan European level, including our leading annual gathering on European foreign and security policy – ECFR’s Annual Council Meeting. Past meetings have gathered memorable insights from high profile speakers, such as George Soros on the financial crisis; Jeroen Dijsselbloem on the consequences of Brexit for the Eurozone; UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, on the refugee crisis; and Catherine Ashton on building the European External Action Service.