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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 put local banks at the heart of Europe's sustainable growth?
European Democracy Lab Podcast (Season2), No. 1 / 31.03.2021

What if the world of finance wasn't all about the big financial players of our times? What if, by focusing on the big financial institutions, European leaders overlooked the "real" elephant in the room? This podcast is exploring the role played by Local and cooperative banks to boost the investments for SMEs in Europe's regions. SME's employ around 100 million people and account for more than 50% of Europe's GDP. A discussion with Prof Bernhard Herz, professor in Economics at the University of Bayreuth (Germany), and with Susanna Andres, Commercial director of Laboral Kutxa, a Basque credit union located in Mondragón.



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