How can the European Union survive as a “peace project” and continue to develop its foreign policy role as a “power for peace”? What kind of world will it be if the political and economic balance of power shifts increasingly in favour of China? How can international rules be designed so as to better overcome financial, ecological and social disparities? And what will be the consequences for democracy and social cohesion of shifting debates into the digital sphere and of our response to populist arguments?
The actions of the man from whom we take our name form the starting point for the three overarching subject areas at the heart of the foundation’s work programme: 1) European and International Affairs, 2) Global Markets and Social Justice, and 3) Democracy and Society.
The foundation’s experts analyse current issues in these subject areas in their academic work and use innovative formats for events and publications to involve representatives of civil society, politics and research in debate. A particular aim is to take an interdisciplinary approach to topics, explore global perspectives and look at phenomena from the viewpoint of contemporary history as well as in their present context.