• Photo: The FES headquarters in Bonn and Berlin
    FES headquarters in Bonn and Berlin

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition dating back to its foundation in 1925. Today, it remains loyal to the legacy of its namesake and campaigns for the core ideas and values of social democracy: freedom, justice and solidarity. It has a close connection to social democracy and free trade unions. 

FES promotes the advancement of social democracy, in particular by:

  • Political educational work to strengthen civil society
  • Think Tanks
  • International cooperation with our international network of offices in more than 100 countries
  • Support for talented young people
  • Maintaining the collective memory of social democracy with archives, libraries and more.

Learn more about FES and visit the German website

  • Photo: AdsD/FES

Friedrich Ebert (1871-1925)

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.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stifung Berlin

Hiroshimastraße 17 and 28
D-10785 Berlin 

+49 030 269356
+49 030 26935-9244

Friedrich-Ebert-Stifung Bonn

Godesberger Allee 149
D-53175 Bonn

+49 0228 883-0
+49 0228 883-9207

90 years Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Dialogue Southeast Europe

Kupreška 20, 71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

+387 33 711 540
+387 33 711 541


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