Source description last updated: 9 January 2020

In brief: The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, RLS) is a German political foundation close to the party “Die Linke” (“The Left”) and is promoting a democratic socialism by means of projects, publications and exhibitions.

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“The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is affiliated with the Left Party in the Federal Republic of Germany. [...]

Our vision for a future society rests on the full realisation of democratic and social rights for all people, a socially just and ecologically sustainable global economic order, gender equality and feminism, international solidarity, and peace.” (Website of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: Centre for International Dialogue and Cooperation, undated)

“The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung aims to:

  • Organize political education and disseminate information on the social relations governing our globalized, unjust and hostile world
  • Provide a venue for critical analysis of contemporary capitalism while serving as both a hub for programmatic discussions around a modern conception of democratic socialism as well as a socialist think tank generating political alternatives
  • Serve as a forum in Germany and abroad fostering dialogue between socialist forces, movements and organizations, left-minded intellectuals and non-governmental organizations
  • Grant funding to young scholars via undergraduate and doctoral scholarships
  • Provide impulses and inspiration to independent socialist political action and support initiatives for peace and international understanding towards a socially just and solidary world” (Website of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: About the Stiftung, undated)


“Like other foundations associated with political parties in Germany, [the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation] is mainly financed through the federal government budget.” Contributions “rose from €30.6 million in 2010 to €67.4 million in 2018.” In 2018, almost 50 percent of all contributions, which is almost 33 million Euro, came from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Die Rosa Luxemburg Foundation received 11.9 million from the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), 12.1 million from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and a total of 7.2 million from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung: Annual Report 2018, January 2019, S. 90-95)

Scope of reporting:

Geographic focus: No particular focus
Thematic focus: History, inequality/social struggles, state/democracy, international/transnational, societal alternatives, culture/media


“The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation takes the form of an association, whose highest institution is the General Assembly. This assembly makes the fundamental decisions on the work of the foundation on the basis of the articles of association and elects the executive board. Furthermore, the articles of association define the establishment of further bodies to support the work of the foundation. [...] With the scientific advisory council, the foundation also has an advisory body that contributes to the qualitative development of the work of the foundation, most notably from an analytical perspective. A number of working groups and discussion groups serve as an advisory board in connection with specific topics and areas.” (Website of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: Vorstand/Verein, undated, working translation ACCORD)

“Currently, there are more than 20 discussion groups in the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. They emerged from primarily voluntary structures and have since 2007 established themselves as permanent communication forums, in which experts and interested person discuss topics of historical as well as current significance.” (Website of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: Gesprächskreise, undated, working translation ACCORD)

“The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) is a left-wing foundation which, together with its international department, the Centre for International Dialogue and Cooperation (CID), is active across the world in fostering and providing political education. The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung maintains regional and international offices in over twenty locations, and collaborates with hundreds of partner organisations, political bodies, and individuals in more than 80 countries.” (Website of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: Centre for International Dialogue and Cooperation, undated)

“Since 2017, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung has been consolidating various lines of inquiry and tasks under the newly created Historical Centre for Democratic Socialism. [...] The archive and library of the RLS provide an extensive and well-founded range of literature and archive materials to an interested public, as well as to the foundation’s staff and scholarship holders.” (Webiste of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: Historical Centre for Democratic Socialism, undated)

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation also operates the “Institute for Critical Social Analysis” (“Institut für Gesellschaftsanalyse”), which is tasked with political-strategic analysis and debate.

Languages of publications:

German and English

Further reading / links:

Website of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation: Institute for Critical Social Analysis, undated

Website of the Office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Brussels, undated

Heisterkamp. Ulrich: Think Tanks der Parteien? Eine vergleichende Analyse der deutschen politischen Stiftungen, 2018

All links accessed 9 January 2020.