European Stability Initiative

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Group.png European Stability Initiative  
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FormationJune 1999
FounderGerald Knaus
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Interestsmigration, open borders, 2015 European refugee crisis
Sponsored byDFID, European Commission, German Marshall Fund, Global Affairs Canada, King Baudouin Foundation, Mercator Foundation, Norway/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Open Society Foundations, Robert Bosch Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, UK/FCO, United States Institute of Peace, Wilton Park
Think tank focusing on increasing migration into Europe. George Soros and other deep state funding.
(Daily Mail headline, 2015[1])

The European Stability Initiative (ESI) is a think tank mostly focusing on increasing migration into Europe.

ESI was behind the Merkel Plan, a "solution" to the 2015 European refugee crisis where hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees would be accepted without question into Germany and other EU states with no number limit. It also regularly presents similar solutions to other migrant situations.


The ESI came out of NATO-led efforts to transform South East Europe following the US-instigated war in Yugoslavia during the 1990.[2][3]


ESI Chairman is the Austrian sociologist Gerald Knaus. Knaus is also a closely connected to several of George Soros' foundations, including being member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), and an Open Society Fellow.[2]

Own words

In recent years our team has laid the foundation for the EU-Turkey statement and continues to be at the heart of asylum policy debates in key EU member states, pushing ideas how the EU-Turkey statement can be better implemented, how the atrocious conditions in Libya can be addressed and – more generally – how Europe can develop a humane, yet effective asylum policy. We have consistently pushed for visa-free travel to the Schengen area, first for citizens of the Western Balkan countries, then also of neighbourhood countries. We continue these efforts for Kosovo and Turkey, whose citizens are the last Europeans not able to travel to most of Europe without visas.[3]

The Merkel Plan

Arrival in 2015 of refugees with a special train from the Austrian/German border at the station of Cologe/Bonn airport. In big tents on the ground the refugees can rest and eat, get new clothes and they can charge their smartphones. Medical assistance is available too. After ~ 2 hours the refugees will be transported by busses to buildings of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

ESI is the creator of the Merkel Plan, a "solution" to the 2015 European refugee crisis where hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees would be accepted without question into Germany and other EU states with no number limit.[4] The situation had two deep political goals - firstly to weaken Syria by emptying it of young men; and secondly to further change the demographics of Europe by changing the population profile.

The authors of the ESI plan titled their plan as if it had come from the German Chancellor’s office and not from them. In addition to already taking more than one million refugees in 2015, Germany should "agree to grant asylum to 500,000 Syrian refugees registered in Turkey over the coming 12 months." In addition, "Germany should accept claims from Turkey...and provide safe transport to successful applicants…already registered with the Turkish authorities…" And finally, "Germany should agree to help Turkey obtain visa-free travel in 2016."[2]

In "return" refugees entering the EU by boat from Turkey would be returned. As of 2022, only 2,140 people have been returned to Turkey.[5]

Other activities

In 2018, ESI meddled in Polish internal politics, by demanding outside interference in changes to the Polish judicial system[6].

As a solution to the "Calais Jungle", where several tens of thousands migrants illegally cross into the UK each year, ESI suggested solution to essentially open the UK border fully. "46,000 crossed the Channel last year. We propose that France, Germany, and others now offer that they, not Rwanda, will take everyone back who crosses the Channel as soon as the UK has processed them. This will quickly stop all crossings. In return, the UK should agree to resettle 40,000 refugees or asylum seekers a year, over the next three years, who are now in these European partner countries."[7]


ESI is funded by an impressive number of deep state foundations and NATO foreign ministries.[8] George Soros' Open Society Foundations is probably the biggest.


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European CommissionThe executive body of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing day-to-day business.
German Marshall FundAccording to whistleblower Udo Ulfkotte, a CIA front group. Despite the 'German' in its name, it is a fully US/CIA-controlled operation, mainly to maintain a network of transatlantic European politicians and journalists. Hugely influential behind the scenes.
Global Affairs Canada
King Baudouin FoundationThe Belgian royal family, which made its fortune from hand-chopping in the Congo and created the first stooge NGO the International African Association, feels the urge finance new ventures. Coordinates with of a number of similar foundations owned by billionaires or NATO countries , financing select projects.
Mercator FoundationGerman foundation financing projects of deep state interest and buying control over the narrative, especially on "climate change" and pro-migration. Frequently connected to censorship initiatives.
Norway/Ministry of Foreign AffairsA significant donor to NGOs and planning organizations. Many of the recipients dovetail with NATO objectives like regime changes and controlling the narrative.
Open Society FoundationsA NGO operating in more countries than McDonald's. It has the tendency to support politicians (at times through astroturfing) and activists that get branded as "extreme left" as its founder is billionaire and bane of the pound George Soros. This polarizing perspective causes the abnormal influence of the OSF to go somewhat unanswered.
Robert Bosch Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
UK/FCOThe UK government department dealing with foreign policy.
United States Institute of PeaceThe Orwellian named Institute of Peace has close ties to the MICC
Wilton Park
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