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Martin Schulz – Picture by Ziko van Dijk, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

Monday, 14 December 2020:  At the Annual General Assembly of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V. (FES), Martin Schulz was elected as the foundation’s novel President. He succeeds Kurt Beck, the former Premier of Rhineland-Palatinate, who has headed the FES since 2013. 

Martin Schulz joins seven presidents who have represented the FES since its re-establishment after the Second World War. After his election he declared: “I’m delighted to assume today the honourable task of President of the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation.

The FES is Germany’s oldest political foundation. It stands for the unconditional support and defence of democracy, for the promotion of and right to fair educational opportunities, and for international cooperation and solidarity. We want to be perceived as a leading think tank that offers scope for debate and discussion. We want to develop utopias and visions for the future, and make a visible contribution to a just and democratic world. I’m committed to this task!”

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