The FREE Initiative

The FREE Initiative is the first pan-European resource to offer practical guidance on countering far-right extremism across Europe. It aims to inspire and promote cross-border learning among those working against violent far-right extremism. It showcases the good work that is being done across Europe to prevent, intervene and respond. The FREE initiative has to date worked across 10 countries: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It will grow over time as new problems emerge, and new methods are tried and tested.

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History of the FREE Initiative

The FREE Initiative is the result of the project Preventing and Countering Far-Right Extremism and Radicalisation: European Cooperation, run by the Swedish Ministry of Justice and ISD, with support from the European Commission. From 2012 – 2014, this project carried out field research visits across 10 countries, and interviewed over 100 inspirational individuals countering the far right. The project produced 10 country context reports, a policy recommendations report, and a practitioners’ handbook. It ran a series of expert sessions and practical workshops to promote cross-country learning. The project has built a long-term network of practitioners, policy makers and experts working to counter far-right extremism.