Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in October 2007, The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is a pan-European think tank based in Berlin. Mark Leonard founded ECFR, and he is the current director. The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) describes its objective as “its objective is to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent and effective European values-based foreign policy.”
Funded by / Ownership
ECFR is a private, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. George Soros’s Open Society Foundation originally founded it.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) utilizes loaded language in their headlines: “How Britain Lost Its Cool,” and typically, they use credible sources such as The Independent, BBC, and project-syndicate.org. Further, they also utilize local sources related to the specific country, such as welt.de and oe24.at, when their article or analysis is about Austria or any other country. We have no way of verifying the credibility.
For example, “Austria: Russia’s Trojan Horse?”. The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) also publishes in-depth research that is very well-sourced, for example: “To end a war: Europe’s role in bringing peace to Syria.” When it comes to US politics, their word choices are anti-Trump, such as: “The transatlantic meaning of Donald Trump: a US-EU Power Audit” and “Germany, not China, will be Donald Trump’s enemy number one.”
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) with a Left-Center Bias due to word choices that favor the left and highly factual due to the use of credible sources. (M. Huitsing 1/9/2018) Updated (03/01/2023)
Last Updated on July 1, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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