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Daniel Schily in Berlin on 22 October 2015

"Wir müssen die Flüchtlingskrise global denken!"


Am 22. Oktober veranstaltete Democracy International gemeinsam mit dem US-amerikanischen Zócalo Public Square in Berlin die Veranstaltung: "Was kann die Welt von Europas Flüchtlingskrise lernen?". Anlässlich dieser Diskussion, die zeitgleich in New York übertragen wurde, hielt Daniel Schily, Geschäftsführer von Democracy International, die Eröffnungsrede. Darin betonte er, dass die Flüchtlingskrise nur gelöst werden kann, wenn die Probleme weltweilt angepackt würden. Überall seien die Menschen auf der Suche nach einem guten und sicheren Leben, das pluralistische Demokratien mit ermöglichen. Eine Fokussierung auf Nationalstaaten oder Europa allein reiche nicht aus, um Antworten zu finden.

Rechts können Sie die gesamte Rede auf Englisch lesen.

Zudem haben wir ein Interview mit dem Journalisten Joe Mathews über seine US-amerikanische Sicht auf Europas Flüchtlingskrise geführt. Dieses Gespräch können Sie hier sehen.


"Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

I warmly welcome you here in Berlin. Also a warm welcome to the people who listen to us in New York and the United States.

I am addressing you on behalf of Democracy International. Democracy International is an organisation of citizens who deeply care about democracy. We want strong democracies and people to have a say when fundamental decisions are made internationally. Our ideal is the political self-empowered individual.

These days, thousands of people are fleeing from Syria. Many more people are fleeing from war-torn and economically troubled countries. This fact makes us talk in Europe about the “refugee crisis”. With people arriving on our doorsteps, we suddenly feel pressured to find solutions. While we do not have any yet, we call the phenomenon a “crisis”.

Yet we need to change perspective! We need to adopt a global one: These millions of people are also leaving their homes as they seek the kind of life we Europeans and Americans have been enjoying for decades. They want a life that is safe and prosperous and that allows everybody to participate in politics. They quest a life that pluralistic democracies enable.  

During the Arab Revolution people demanded better lives and democratic rights. On 10th December, Tunisian people will be awarded with the Nobel Prize for Peace. And back in 2011, also many Syrians had joined pro-democracy protests. It is absolutely sad that this country today is in civil war whose consequences we face today.

So when there is one of the many lessons to learn, then it is this one: We need to find solutions that enable every single person of this world a good life. We need to discuss the principles of social justice from a global perspective. Merely national or European solutions are not enough! They will backfire to us.  

In this view, Democracy International feels very honoured to host this event together with Zócalo Public Square, the ideas exchange that has profound experience with organising deep and detailed debate. I look forward to starting this debate with all of you now!"

Ahead of the event, Cora Pfafferott had interviewed Joe Mathews, a US journalist and board member of Democracy International, on Europe's refugee crisis and its democratic dimension.



Syrian Refugees. Photo by International Organisation of Migration
And what is its democratic dimension? On 22 October Democracy International will host a debate in Berlin on the refugee crisis together with its...

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