KONRAD ADENAUER STIFTUNG
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation (German: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, KAS) is a German political foundation close to the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), whose guiding principles are freedom, justice and solidarity. The foundation originated from the “Society for Christian-Democratic Education”, which was founded in 1956, and since 1964 has been named after the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Konrad Adenauer. Through its work in the country and abroad, KAS makes a special contribution to the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and the social market economy. KAS is headquartered in Berlin and is funded almost exclusively by state funds. At the national and international level, through political education, he advocates for peace, freedom and justice. KAS’s foreign offices around the world implement more than 200 projects in over 120 countries. In Croatia, KAS has been encouraging “bilateral political dialogue” between the two partner countries for 20 years and through its various activities and measures contributes to political education to strengthen democracy and the rule of law and to further develop the political culture of the countries in which it operates. The central role for the work of KAS in other countries, such as Croatia, is played by the “political dialogue”, which the Foundation regularly maintains and further develops with the partner parties of the European People’s Party both in Croatia and in Slovenia. In doing so, the dialogue ranges from issues of values to issues of regulatory, social and economic policy. The dialogue takes place with representatives of partner parties and between representatives of the respective governments, ministries and other political institutions. For all this, KAS offers different platforms and establishes networks, bringing together relevant political actors during conferences, congresses, seminars and other exchange events.
Dr. Konrad Adenauer was born in 1876, and from 1949 to 1963 he was the first German federal chancellor. The roadmaps he set during his tenure still determine not only the internal organization and foreign policy orientation of the Federal Republic of Germany, but his beliefs continue to guide the work of the KAS. His contribution to the reconstruction of post-war Germany, the strengthening of democracy and the integration of the Federal Republic of Germany into the Commonwealth of Free States is of historical importance, and his name is closely associated with European unification and German-French reconciliation. Dr. Adenauer also participated in the creation of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and significantly influenced the development of that party. The spiritual and political roots of this party lie in the Christian and humanistically motivated resistance to every form of dictatorship, in Christian-social ethics and in the liberal tradition of the European Enlightenment.