No pool, no minibar, no room service, and nonetheless:

The City Plaza is a hotel located in the heart of Athens. It was a symbol of the Greek crisis. For years it was closed. Today, City Plaza is open again and fully occupied. The new guests come from around the world: from Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. These current occupants of the hotel came with no belongings and do not need to pay. They all fled from their homes, and many belong to those 50,000 desperate individuals who are currently stranded in Greece, in no-man’s-land and disastrous camps, because fenced-off Europe has shut them out.

At City Plaza, refugees find a place that allows for privacy, in an atmosphere of security and dignity. This is true for all 400 guests of the hotel, but in particular for the 185 children among them. The hotel was occupied in April by an activist group. Together with the refugees many people in solidarity now manage the daily life in the hotel. There is no support from the state. But there are good food, clean hallways, a pharmacy, a hairdresser, as well as language courses, a library and legal support. Everything is maintained on a voluntary basis and supported through donations. And all decisions are made collectively.

“We live together – solidarity will win” is the motto of the City Plaza Hotel. The hotel demonstrates every day anew that even in a situation of crisis and poverty it is possible to welcome people with open arms and to create dignified living conditions for all. To that end, the refugees in the hotel need further support: for 1000 meals a day, medicine, for school materials and many other things.

And, first and foremost, in order to be and remain a political example: The City Plaza Hotel is a place of equality and solidarity, the lived antithesis to Fortress Europe and its borders of shame. It is a symbol of hope. Or simply: City Plaza is the best hotel in Europe.

This is why we support the hotel with our signatures and donations and reserve a place here.

Etienne Balibar, Université de Paris-Ouest Harald Bauder, Ryerson University Toronto Bernd Belina, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main Didier Bigo, King’s College London Sonja Buckel, Universität Kassel Miriam Edding, Stiftung :do, Hamburg Ulrike Eifler, DGB Südosthessen Thomas Faist, Universität Bielefeld Ludovica Fales, University of West London Glenda Garelli, Chicago Sabine Hess, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Tom Holert, Freie Universität Berlin Tobias Huth, DGB Südosthessen Engin Isin, The Open University Milton Keynes Christian Jakob, Autor und Journalist, Berlin Alexandra Karentzos, Technische Universität Darmstadt Wolfgang Kaschuba, Berliner Institut für empirische Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (BIM) Navid Kermani, Schriftsteller, Publizist und Orientalist, Köln Katja Kipping, Die Linke, Berlin Ralf Kliche, Maintal Karl Kopp, PRO ASYL/European Council on Refugees and Exiles, Frankfurt/Main Kira Kosnick, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main, Athanasios Marvakis, Aristoteles Universität Thessaloniki Emilija Mitrovic, ver.di Bundesmigrationsausschuss, Hamburg Sandro Mezzadra, Universität Bologna Ruben Neugebauer, Sea Watch, Berlin Adrian Oeser, Dokumentarfilmer, Frankfurt/Main Nadja Rakowitz, Redaktion Express, Regina Römhild, Humboldt-Universität Berlin Karl Heinz Roth, Stiftung für Sozialgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, Hamburg Astrid Rothe-Beinlich, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Erfurt Peter Spillmann, Hochschule Luzern Mark Terkessidis, Journalist, Autor und Migrationsforscher, Berlin und Köln Jan Wehrheim, Universität Duisburg-Essen Raul Zelik, Autor, Schriftsteller, Journalist, Übersetzer und Politikwissenschaftler, Berlin Aram Ziai, Universität Kassel Michael Zinganel, Architekturtheoretiker, Künstler und Kurator, Graz und Wien

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Account for donations:
Forschungsgesellschaft Flucht & Migration e.V.
Donation reference: “City Plaza“
IBAN: DE33 1005 0000 0190 5350 08
Sparkasse der Stadt Berlin

All donations will be used for the residentes of the City Plaza Hotel. A possible surplus will be used to support solidarity initiatives with refugees.