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EDITORIAL
Editorials
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An appeal to our leaders

The refugee crisis marks the present and future of Europe Thirteen newspapers have united to demand measures to address the tragedy

Soccer fans at a match in Germany hold up a sign in support of refugees.
Soccer fans at a match in Germany hold up a sign in support of refugees.Daniel Bockwoldt (AP)

Europe is facing the worst refugee crisis the world has seen since World War II. With the Syrian conflict now in its fifth year, displaced people are increasingly turning to our continent for protection and help. More and more are dying in their desperate attempts to flee war and persecution. Yet with each passing month we realize that Europe has done too little, too late. We are experiencing a refugee catastrophe, but unwillingness to act has also unveiled a serious political crisis.

Our leaders must show courage and insight if they are to pass this test that our shared European civilization is facing”

Despite our troubled past, Europe must now show that it is a united continent built on the principles of solidarity, equality and liberty.

On September 14, ministers of the EU’s member states will meet in Brussels to negotiate solutions to the crisis. Today, Europe’s leading newspapers are uniting in an appeal by which we urge our leaders to grasp this opportunity and take decisive action to deal with this humanitarian tragedy and prevent further loss of life.

We call on our political leaders to:

Our leaders must show courage and insight if they are to pass this test that our shared European civilization is facing. We need to act, and we need to act now.

Signatories to this editorial: EL PAÍS, Spain; Die Zeit, Germany; La Repubblica, Italy; Libération, France; The Independent, United Kingdom; i, United Kingdom; Kathimerini, Greece; Népszabadság, Hungary; Denník N, Slovakia; Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland; Aftonbladet, Sweden; Information, Denmark; Morgenbladet, Norway.

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