We seek to empower Europeans and their civil society organizations to reinforce and reclaim their central role in European democracies.
The Open Society Initiative for Europe aims to contribute to more vibrant and legitimate democracies in the European Union by working with a wide range of civil society actors and strengthening less central voices.

Open Society Initiative for Europe

Open Society Voices

Fighting Denial and Suspicion in France

January 23, 2015 | by Rokhaya Diallo

The country that professes “liberty, equality, fraternity” is instead allowing fear and distrust to drive the current conversation following the tragic events at Charlie Hebdo.

Q&A

Parliament Debates Ending Holland’s Christmas Blackface Tradition

December 22, 2014 | by Eleanor Kelly

The Netherlands’ annual Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) display betrays the country’s progressive reputation. Last week, the European Parliament debated retiring it once and for all.

Grantee Spotlight

Can a New Book Help France Embrace Its Multicultural Side?

December 19, 2014 | by Marc Cheb Sun

In a country that values assimilation, D’Ailleurs et d’ici! is a rare celebration of the many ethnic and racial groups that contribute to France’s diversity.