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  • History and Aims

    The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was founded in 1925 as a political legacy of Germany’s first democratically elected president, Friedrich Ebert.

    Ebert, a Social Democrat from a humble crafts background who had risen to hold the highest political office in his country, in response to his own painful experience in political confrontation had proposed the establishment of a foundation to serve the following aims:

    • furthering political and social education of individuals from all walks of life in the spirit of democracy and pluralism,
    • facilitating access to university education and research for gifted young people by providing scholarships,
    • contributing to international understanding and cooperation.


    The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, which was banned by the Nazis in 1933 and re-established in 1947, continues today to pursue these aims in all its extensive activities. As a private cultural non-profit institution, it is committed to the ideas and basic values of social democracy.

    Current, particular important topics of our work are:

    • Fair society
    • Innovation and progress
    • Active democracy