Our work


ESI is a non-profit association with an agenda: to fight for human rights, democracy and an open, tolerant and peaceful Europe. Our tools are arguments, our role is to develop, through serious research, concrete policy proposals that can be implemented. We believe in factfulness, rational argument and the value of intense debate. We believe that only ideas presented in a clear, honest and accessible style can convince majorities to support policies. 

At this moment - late 2019 - we advocate for the following concrete policy proposals on EU asylum policy, South East Europe and human rights: 

How to implement the EU-Turkey statement

Decent conditions & quick quality procedures on the islands

Escaping the Hamster Wheel

For a reformed, merit-based EU accession process that offers a credible interim goal

Fighting the ghosts of Soviet justice

Support the CJEU to protect the rule of law in Poland

No partition

Why Kosovo & Serbia must not discuss territory

The wizard of Hungary

Why the EPP should expel Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party

New deal with Africa

Legal access and fast return

Start EU accession talks with North Macedonia

Keep your word. Strengthen reformers

Can the Council of Europe protect democracy?

Countries blatantly violating its rules should be expelled

Ter Apel in the Mediterranean

A new reception and asylum system: speed and quality

Abandon clichés about Bosnia

Push EU-related reforms instead of arbitrary conditions

Anti-Corruption Report for the West Balkans

Measure corruption in order to fight it

Red Lines for Turkey

Define clear standards. Assess them strictly

How to teach war in the Balkans?

For a comprehensive analysis of 20th century history textbooks

Silly rankings don't help

The World Bank's Doing Business ranking is easy to trick and should be changed