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Generating Prospects, Creating Opportunities

Stiftung Mercator is an independent private foundation. We want to strengthen Europe, improve integration through equal educational opportunities for everyone, drive forward the energy transition as a trigger for global climate change mitigation and firmly anchor cultural education in schools.

Where we achieve impact

We focus on selected regions in our work. We feel a particular obligation to Essen and the Ruhr region, as this is where Stiftung Mercator is at home. Our projects achieve impact on many levels throughout Germany, and many discussions take place in Berlin, which is an important site of political communication. In addition, our activities in Europe, Turkey and China are of key importance in our view if international challenges are to be successfully overcome.


A press release

Solar Energy emerging as cheapest power source

By 2025, solar power in sunny regions of the world will be cheaper than power from coal or gas / Success depends on stable regulatory conditions

A press release

Dame Helen Wallace to be awarded 2015 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural ...

In honour of her highly respected and extensive scholarly work in political studies and policy in Europe, Dame Helen Wallace will be the second scholar to be awarded the [...]

For journalists

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Our invitation to you

Public event by Global Economic Symposium (GES)

Global Economic Symposium

Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey

What we support

Looking for a grant? Our FAQ for applicants contain all the answers you will need to find out whether your project would meet our criteria.