Förderung und Partnernetzwerk von Understanding Europe

Understanding Europe ist ein Projekt der Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa, gefördert von der Stiftung Mercator. Das Fellowship-Programm „Politische Medien­bildung“ sowie die „Gute Nachrichten!“-Kurse werden gefördert durch den SPIEGEL im Rahmen der Bildungs­in­itiative SPIEGEL Ed. Das Fellowship-Programm „Digital Europe“ wird durch die Alfred Herrhausen Gesell­schaft gefördert.

  • Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa

    The non-partisan Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe was founded in Hamburg in 1971 by Pauline Schwarzkopf. The purpose of the foundation is to promote the development of young people into politically aware, active and responsible personalities. The focus is on strengthening the European idea and pan-European international understanding as well as fighting right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and racism.

    The foundation works in various projects and youth-led networks such as the European Youth Parliament , the Young Islam Conference Dialogue Forum and the Understanding Europe educational network. It offers young people from Europe a space for dialogue, encounters and personal development, while promoting the strengthening of voices that are marginalized in society. In events, she brings young people together with contemporary witnesses and decision-makers from politics, science and civil society to talk about European policy and topics relevant to young people. With awards and travel grants, the foundation supports young people in working towards an inclusive, pluralistic society.

  • European Youth Parliament

    In most of our project countries, Understanding Europe is run by volunteers from the European Youth Parliament (EYP). The EYP is a peer-to-peer educational program that inspires and empowers young people from across Europe to be open-minded, tolerant and active citizens. It provides a forum for participants to develop and express their opinions on a variety of topics. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds, the EYP promotes intercultural understanding and friendships across borders. EYP participants and volunteers will be equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to positively shape the world around them.


  • Stiftung Mercator

    The Mercator Foundation is a private, independent foundation. With her work, she strives for a society that is characterized by cosmopolitanism, solidarity and equal opportunities. In doing so, she focuses on strengthening Europe, increasing the educational success of disadvantaged children and young people, especially those with a migration background, improving the quality and impact of cultural education, promoting climate protection and promoting science. The Mercator Foundation stands for the combination of scientific expertise and practical project experience. As a leading foundation in Germany, it is active both nationally and internationally. She feels particularly committed to the Ruhr area, the home of the founding family and the seat of the foundation.

  • Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft

    The Alfred Herrhausen Society is committed to democracy, freedom and progress. In a world shaped by upheavals, we think about change and help shape it responsibly. To this end, we create platforms for interdisciplinary exchange and in our projects we develop bold solutions to the issues of our time. Society and economy always belong together. Their free development opportunities must be strengthened in our liberal democracy and social market economy so that progress can occur. We are guided by the principles of our namesake Alfred Herrhausen: interdisciplinary thinking, vision, courage and openness, as well as clarity and responsible thinking and acting.

    It is important to us to involve young people as the decision-makers of tomorrow. They are important input providers and seismographs for the relevant topics in the transformation. We are convinced that the older generation can learn a lot from the younger ones – and vice versa. Only together can we succeed in achieving progress in change.


    Together with partners from the education sector, SPIEGEL Ed develops workshops, explanatory videos and teaching materials for modern media teaching – freely accessible, easy to use and free of charge. The aim of SPIEGEL Ed is to bring schoolchildren closer to journalistic work, to sensitize them to the characteristics of high-quality news and thus enable them to actively participate in our democracy. SPIEGEL is not pursuing any economic interests with SPIEGEL Ed. By working with various stakeholders, we ensure that SPIEGEL Ed meets the high demands of teachers and learners alike.

  • European Union Grant

Weitere Partner*innen

  • Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
  • EU Erasmus+
  • Citizens Take Over Europe
  • Networking European Citizenship Education
  • AEGEE Europe
  • Diversion
  • DROG
  • Fryhuset
  • Uppsala Universitet
  • Auswärtiges Amt
  • Youth Peace Ambassadors Network
  • Connecting Europe