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The Institute of European Democrats (IED), is a non-profit association based in Brussels. It is an innovative European political and cultural Research Institute that offers fresh political ideas as well as a strong and respected cultural background to the European Democratic Party (EDP) to which it is formally affiliated. It is steered by the Board of Directors and supported by a Scientific Committee.

In order to contribute to develop a political debate at the EU level, where alternative policies confront each other, the IED is organizing conferences and seminars where politicians, experts, EU and national officials, academics and others can discuss critically. In addition the IED regularly publishes Podcasts and Publications to enhance solutions for common policy challenges in Europe.

Latest Podcast

What if we used culture to prevent conflicts?
European Democracy Lab Podcast, Season2, No. 3 / 07.09.2021

Throughout history, culture, ethnic and religious identity have been at the very heart of armed hostilities, uprisings and wars. Cultural differences and conflicting identities seem to be primarily divisive. But in many other instances, culture has proven to be the exact opposite: a means to bridge gaps between different societies.

If the promotion of cultural diversity can foster mutual understanding, can the European Union promote culture as a tool to actually prevent conflicts?

Let's find out with our two guest speakers: Juan Antonio March, former Ambassador to the Russian Federation and the WTO, and Prof. Damien Helly, international cultural advisor specialised in EU external cultural action.

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