MERICS Institutsgebäude


Since its founding in 2013, the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) has become one of the most important European institutions for questions about today’s China. With some 20 experts covering various disciplines, MERICS is the largest independent research institute focusing on contemporary China in Europe. Experts from seven European countries, China, Singapore, Australia and the United States analyze China’s political, economic and social developments and their consequences for Europe.

MERICS was founded by the Stiftung Mercator to foster free debate about China in Germany and Europe. It provides a space for informed views – especially among decision-makers in business and politics.

The Berlin-based think tank founded a Brussels office in early 2020, bolstering its vital role in public debate about China in Europe and beyond. MERICS serves as a source of independent expertise: it advises European decision-makers on Chinese politics, business and society and maintains a dialogue with global media to provide a nuanced view of events in China.

Independent research means MERICS experts will take a stand – one firmly founded on liberal-minded and democratic values. In doing so, MERICS experts open new perspectives on China and new proposals for shaping relations with it.

International exchange and networking

MERICS cooperates with numerous research institutes in Germany and abroad.

The Fellowship Program allows leading experts, policy advisors and journalists from China, Europe and the USA to contribute to and draw on MERICS’ research.

The European China Talent Program allows MERICS to promote up-and-coming researchers – and enrich and expand Europe’s perspective on modern China.

Mercator Institute for China Studies
Klosterstrasse 64
10179 Berlin

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Telephone: +49 30 3440 999-0