Due to its special history, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities knows how precious and often hard-won freedom for art and science is. The gift of freedom can quickly be lost if all those who need freedom as much as the air we breathe do not unite and support each other. Only in a free, open Europe without borders science and art are free as well. Because we are willing to defend this gift of freedom in our own country, we stand alongside all those academies and institutions that want to speak up for it. And we are looking forward to the encounters and contacts in this community.