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founded in the year 1970
City 35528 Wetzlar
Country Germany
founder Horst Marquardt
type of institution news agency
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Neue Rechte
Last revision 29.05.2017

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Organizational Structure and Funding


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).

Pastor Horst Marquardt (Vorsitzender) Johannes Holmer (Stellv. Vorsitzender) Gerhard Peter (Schatzmeister) Norman Rentrop Samuel Moser Hans-Jörg Naumer Eckhard Schaefer Martin Scheuermann Hartmut Steeb Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Thielscher

Cooperations with Think Tanks

Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the IDEA

While the section above shows Think Tanks the IDEA claims to cooperate with, the list below shows Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the IDEA. NONE

Cooperations with Non-Think Tanks


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • religion
  • morals
  • protestantism
  • nation
  • national identity


This section is used to note presumptions that need further investigation, as well as things that don't fit into other sections.

Helmut Matthies received the Gerhard-Löwenthal-Preises in 2010.