The Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen is an independent and officially recognised provider of extracurricular youth and adult education.

It works independently of political parties and religious creeds and addresses people of all civil society groups from 16 years on.

Founded as an “Eingetragener Verein” (registered association), it is today a “gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung” (non-profit company with limited liability) according to German law.

Legal form
Non-profit organization

– To conduct educational and research work in the fields of society and politics
– To promote European integration on a liberal and federative basis.
– To promote active citizenship: political participation of as many citizens as possible
– To develop of a European civil society

Main Activities

European education, Applied research on Europe, Institute for Rhetoric and Methodology,
Activities encouraging sustainability, Art & Culture
Critical monitoring of the European integration process by means of research, analysis, information and meetings for constant dialogue


Our work is based on

  • the objectives of political education that promote a democratic and federal European social order
  • human rights
  • the principle of sustainable development


  • motivating civil society: political participation of as many citizens as possible
  • developing a European civil society
  • following the European integration process in a critical manner by means of research, analysis, information and personal meetings in dialogue with the citizens

Focus of our work

  • fundamental questions of European integration and European policies
  • France and the Franco-German cooperation
  • international politics and development policies
  • Greater Region SaarLorLux
  • public speaking skills
  • methodology of non-school-based youth and adult education
  • sustainable development
  • political education in the German armed forces
  • art and culture


Since 2007, in cooperation with the Stiftung Forum für Verantwortung and ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG, the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen has supported the educational initiative ”Encouraging sustainability”, which aims to motivate civil society to treat the Earth in a responsible way: