An Appeal from Central Europe

We are facing a humanitarian crisis on an enormous scale. Hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and Africa are attempting to reach Europe in search of safety, hope, and the chance to lead a normal life. Not so long ago, we were the ones knocking on Europe's door.

We must not deny them our help. Regrettably, there are many in our region who disagree. After 1989, there were doubts in the European Community regarding the capacity of Central European countries, from the Baltic States through Romania and Bulgaria, to integrate with the West, owing to our history, political traditions, and the state of our economies. Yet, our part of Europe has not been the principal cause of the threats to the Union in this difficult decade.

But this rift within a united Europe resurfaces  today. This time it has a moral dimension. It is true, we are not accountable for the instability and collapse of refugees' home countries. We are not the ones who have turned them into states plagued by incessant fear, where people are at risk of violent death, and where human life is "solitary, poor, [...] brutish, and short." Unlike the former colonial and imperial powers that took in large numbers of immigrants after the Second World War, have little experience of co-existing with people of different cultures, from far-off lands.

Nonetheless, as human beings, we have a duty to show compassion and to provide them with assistance. This is also our duty as Europeans. The European community was founded on the principle of solidarity. Today we must not refuse to take joint responsibility for the Union, nor turn a blind eye to human suffering and the situation of countries most affected by the rising tide of migration.

In refusing to help, we deny the idea of European solidarity. Furthermore, we undermine the solidarity that other nations have shown towards our countries. That would erode the foundations on which, for the past 25 years, we have been building our security, our prospects for development and our hope of escaping the historical tribulations of war, foreign rule, and poverty.

In the name of our humanity, our principles and values, we call upon the authorities and people of our region to demonstrate practical solidarity towards refugees so that they may find safe haven in our midst and enjoy freedom to choose their own future.

We invite all the peerson who want to support the refugees cause to fill the following  FORM .

Supporter of the cause until now:


  1. Bronisław Komorowski, president of Poland from 2010 to 2015
  2. Aleksander Kwaśniewski, president of Poland from 1995 to 2005
  3. Jerzy Baczyński, editor-in-chief of the „Polityka” weekly, Poland
  4. Gordon Bajnai, former prime minister, Hungary
  5. Mirosław Bałka, sculptor, Poland
  6. Zuzana Bargerova, lawyer, Human Rights League, Slovakia
  7. Zygmunt Bauman, sociologist, University of Leeds, Poland-Great Britain
  8. Igor Blaževič, founder of One World Festival
  9. Uldis Bērziņš, poet and interpreter, Latvia
  10. Henryka Bochniarz, president of Konfederacja Lewiatan, Poland
  11. Michał Boni, member of European Parliament, former minister of administration and digitalization, Poland
  12. Marek Borowski, senator, former finance minister, vice prime minister and Marshal of the Sejm
  13. Bogdan Borusewicz, marshall of the Senate, Poland
  14. Martin Bútora, sociologist, adviser to the president, Slovakia
  15. Bogusław Chrabota, editor-in-chief of the „Rzeczpospolita” daily, Poland
  16. Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, former prime minister, Poland
  17. Liudas Dapkus, deputy editor-in-chief of the “Lietuvos rytas” daily, Lithuania
  18. Aleš Debeljak, poet and essayist, Slovenia
  19. Pavol Demeš, former minister of foreign affairs, Slovakia
  20. Tibor Dessewffy, president of DEMOS Hungary, Hungary
  21. Ivaylo Ditchev, professor of social science, writer, Bulgaria
  22. Magda Faltová, director,  Association for Integration and Migration, Czech Republic
  23. Władysław Frasyniuk, former dissident and member of parliament, Poland
  24. Rajko Grlić, director, Croatia
  25. István Gyarmati, diplomat, Hungary
  26. Tomáš Halík, theologian and writer, Czech Republic
  27. Agnes Heller, philosopher, Hungary
  28. Agnieszka Holland, director, Poland
  29. Štefan Hríb, editor-in-chief, “.týždeň.” weekly, Slovakia
  30. Michal Hvorecký, writer, Slovakia
  31. Ivars Ījabs, political scientist, Latvia
  32. Josef Jařab, former senator, rector emeritus of Palacký University in Olomous, Czech Republic
  33. Leszek Jażdżewski, editor-in-chief of the „Liberté!” quarterly, Poland
  34. Jerzy Jedlicki, historian of ideas, former dissident, Poland
  35. Jana Juráňová, writer, Slovakia
  36. Aleksander Kaczorowski, journalist and essayist, Poland
  37. Éva Karádi, editor-in chief of the „Magyar Lettre Internationale” quarterly, Hungary
  38. Dávid Korányi, former undersecretary of state, deputy director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Hungary-United States
  39. János Kornai, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University and Corvinus
    University of Budapest, Hungary
  40. András Kováts, director, Menedék - Hungarian Association for Migrants, Hungary
  41. Dominika Kozłowska, editor-in-chief of the „Znak” monthly, Poland
  42. Ivan Krastev, chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Bulgaria
  43. Marcin Król, historian of ideas, University of Warsaw, Poland
  44. Andrius Kubilius, former prime minister, Lithuania
  45. Jarosław Kuisz, editor-in-chief of the “Kultura Liberalna” internet weekly, Poland
  46. Ewa Kulik-Bielińska, director of the Stefan Batory Foundation, chairman of the European Foundation Centre
  47. Tomasz Lis, editor-in-chief of the „Newsweek Polska” weekly, Poland
  48. Ondřej Liška, former minister of education, chairman of the Green Party, Czech Republic
  49. Ewa Łętowska, former ombudsman, Poland
  50. Vita Matiss, political analyst, essayist, Latvia
  51. Jiří Menzel, director, Czech Republic
  52. Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief of the „Gazeta Wyborcza” daily, Poland
  53. Piotr Mucharski, editor-in-chief of the “Tygodnik Powszechny” weekly, Poland
  54. Alvydas Nikžentaitis, president of Lithuanian National Historians Committee, Lithuania
  55. Zbigniew Nosowski, editor-in-chief of the „Więź” monthly , Poland
  56. Janina Ochojska, president of Polish Humanitarian Action, Poland
  57. Andrzej Olechowski, former finance minister and minister of foreign affairs, Poland
  58. Jurica Pavičić, writer, Croatia
  59. Marta Pardavi, co-chair, Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Hungary
  60. Solomon Passy, former minister of foreign affairs, Bulgaria
  61. Jiří Pehe, political scientist and writer, Czech Republic
  62. Petr Pithart, former prime minister, Czech Republic
  63. Adam Pomorski, president of the Polish PEN Club, Poland
  64. Wojciech Przybylski, editor-in-chief “Respublica Nowa” and “Eurozine”, Austria-Poland
  65. László Rajk jr., architect, designer and political activist, Hungary
  66. Rein Raud, author and cultural theorist, Estonia
  67. Adam Daniel Rotfeld, former minister of foreign affairs, Poland
  68. Martin Rozumek, director, Organization for Aid to Refugees, Czech Republic
  69. Andrzej Seweryn, theatre actor and director, Poland
  70. Sławomir Sierakowski, director of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Poland
  71. Martin Milan Šimečka, writer, journalist, Slovakia-Czech Republic
  72. Marta Šimečková, journalist, interpreter, Slovakia
  73. Karel Schwarzenberg, former minister of foreign affairs, Czech Republic
  74. Aleksander Smolar, chairman of the Stefan Batory Foundation, Poland
  75. Ladislav Snopko, playwright, former minister of culture, Slovakia
  76. Andrzej Stasiuk, writer, Poland
  77. Petruška Šustrová, former dissident, Czech Republic
  78. Jerzy Szacki, sociologist, University of Warsaw, Poland
  79. Małgorzata Szczęśniak, set designer, Poland
  80. Monika Sznajderman, editor, Wydawnictwo Czarne, Poland
  81. Soňa Szomolányi, political scientist and sociologist, Slovakia
  82. Erik Tabery, editor-in-chief of the „Respekt” weekly, Czech Republic
  83. Béla Tarr, director, Hungary
  84. Stefan Tafrov, diplomat, human rights activist, Bulgaria
  85. Vesna Teršelič, director of Documenta - Centre for Dealing with the Past, Slovenia
  86. Róża von Thun und Hohenstein, member of European Parliament, Poland
  87. Dubravka Ugrešić, poet and essayist, Croatia
  88. Rimvydas Valatka, journalist, former member of parliament, Lithuania
  89. Magdaléna Vášáryová, member of parliament, Slovakia
  90. Tomas Venclova, poet, Lithuania
  91. Krzysztof Warlikowski, theatre director, Poland
  92. Jakub Wygnański, chairman of the board, Unit for Social Innovation and Research – Shipyard, Poland
  93. Adam Zagajewski, poet and essayist, University of Chicago, Poland-United States
  94. Péter Zilahy, writer, Hungary
  95. Andrzej Zoll, former president of the Constitutional Tribunal, Poland