ACCEPT PLURALISM Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion.

Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century in Europe




The research project is co-funded within the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme

(call SSH-2009-3.3.1 “Tolerance and cultural diversity”).


1.03.2010 - 31.05.2013


Anna Triandafyllidou, European University Institute

Polish research team:


Partners: Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (Greece), European University Institute (Italy), University of Bristol (Great Britain), University of Milan (Italy), Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Spain), International Centre for the Study of Minority Relations (Bulgaria), Bilgi University (Turkey), Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (France), University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), University of Stockholm (Sweden), European University Viadrina (Germany), University College Dublin (Ireland), University of Aarhus (Denmark), Romanian Academic Society (Romania), Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (Belgium), Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (Cyprus), Banlieues d’Europe in Lyon (France), Central European University (Hungary)


Project description:

ACCEPT PLURALISM explored issues and understanding of tolerance of ethnic, racial, and religious diversity in European societies and sought to identify key messages for policy makers.


In particular, the project studied the following questions:


  • What kinds of tolerance exist in practice in 14 EU Member States and one accession country.

  • What does tolerance mean? What is the relationship between concepts such as multiculturalism, liberalism, pluralism, and national heritage?

  • What kind of conflicts arise in European societies with regard to ethnic and religious diversity? What views and practices are—and are not—tolerated, accepted and respected?

  • What kind of institutional arrangements have been put forth by different actors when there is a conflict? How successful have they been?

  • What kind of policies and practices need to be developed for European societies to become more respectful of cultural diversity?


Based on this analysis the project produced key messages for European and national policy makers, civil society, and minority groups.

dr hab. Izabella Main:


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