The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition in social democracy dating back to its foundation in 1925. The foundation owes its formation and its mission to the political legacy of its namesake Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected German President.
The work of our political foundation focuses on the core ideas and values of social democracy – freedom, justice and solidarity. This connects us to social democracy and free trade unions. As a non-profit institution, we organise our work autonomously and independently.
We support and strengthen social democracy in particular by means of:
Friedrich Ebert served from 1919 to 1925 as the first President of the Weimar Republic. He advocated the development of parliamentary democracy, viewed himself as the president of all Germans, and was committed to a politics geared to social balance and compromise. In his will, he specified that the proceeds from donations at his funeral should be used to create a foundation. The main concern of FES from then on was to work against discrimination of workers in the area of education. more
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The Youth and Elections 2021 Project was created to break down the barrier between young people and politicians. Before the 2021 general elections,... More
Inspiring young people to take action and equipping them with the necessary tools and knowledge to build successful campaigns was the aim of a... More
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation in cooperation with the Authority on Information on Former State Security Documents (AIDSSH) published the study... More