Dear Friends of the Kreisau-Initiative,
"For an open country with free people!" With this appeal from the fall of 1989, our board member Katrin Hattenhauer and 46 other GDR civil rights activists are expressing their support for Angela Merkel’s policy of open borders for receiving asylum-seekers. Jens Stoltenberg – who was still the Norwegian Prime Minister in 2011 – once said: "We have to be steadfast and continue to stand up for our values now. [...] Norway’s answer to violence is always more openness, more democracy ". Openness, freedom, democracy – It is important, just after the shocking attacks in Paris, to live these values and to oppose those who want to use such disturbing events for building borders, racism, and Islamophobia.
Many thanks and best wishes to our previous intern Mkrtich Dallakyan from Armenia and an equally warm welcome to our new colleagues: Thomas Handrich (Programme Manager in the focal area of sustainability and intergenerational dialogue), Anna Flaszczyńska (European Voluntary Service, sent by Action Reconciliation Service for Peace e.V) and Anna Graczyk-Osowska (scholarship holder of the program "Building Europe – Civic Education in Action" of the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Robert Bosch Foundation).
#NousSommesUnis - dans la diversité
Best wishes for the upcoming year,