Focus in the European Union

Assessment of the EU’s nature and its future development vastly diverge within the European left. Alongside observed risks such as the neo-liberal economic trend or increased militarization of the EU, the potential the EU unification process has to offer the society and each individual is also acknowledged. The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation supports dialogue surrounding these various aspects. The centre for the foundation’s European work is the RLF office in Brussels, founded in 2008. 

The office in Brussels works concentrates on the following issues:

  • The situation and development of the left in Europe (and in various regions of the world)
  • Analysis and strategies to world crises in various parts of the world
  • The European Union and its relations to the world
  • Strategies for peace, structuring security and civil conflict resolution
  • Protection of democracy and resistance to authoritarian and right-wing extremist tendencies
  • Strategies for developing alternative European policy

Focus in Eastern Europe

The activities of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) in these regions focus mainly on hosting research and educational events as well as collaborative work with civil society organisations, resulting in co-operations with many local project partners.

The themes and emphasis in the three regions is as diverse as the way activities in them began. Certainly, the work in Poland, the Czech Republic and the Baltic States was mostly affected by the entry of these countries into the European Union on May 1, 2004. Developing work in Southeast Europe focuses mainly on ethnic tensions in the former civil war regions. Whereas in Eastern Europe focus is placed on questions of transformation, of the development of civil societies, of security policies and of contemporary historical German-Russian relations.

Presently, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung maintains three offices in these project regions: one in Warsaw,  one in Moscow and one in Belgrade. These offices, together with foreign affairs staff in Berlin, coordinate the activities in these regions.

RLS Warsaw:

RLS Belgrade: 

RLS Moscow:


Regional Department Europe

Role Details
Referatsleiterin Europa / Referentin für Westeuropa Johanna Bussemer
Phone: +49 (0)30 44310-432
Room: 521.2
Referent für Mittel- und Osteuropa Ivo Georgiev
Phone: +49 (0)30 44310-446
Room: 523
Referentin für Südosteuropa, Projektmanagerin für Mittel- und Osteuropa Wenke Christoph
Phone: +49 30 44310 297
Room: 521
Projektmanagerin Südosteuropa Dorit Riethmüller
Phone: +49 (0)30 44310-414
Room: 521.1
Projektmanagerin für Westeuropa Franziska Albrecht
Phone: +49 (0)30 44310-520
Room: 522
Projektmanagerin für Russland und Ukraine (In Elternzeit) Leysan Kalimullina
Phone: +49 30 44310 433
Room: 443