The Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium is a secondary school of about 850 students, situated in Poppenbüttel, a district in the north of Hamburg.
According to the school’s motto “achievement – creativity – human kindness”, our students and teachers show a lot of commitment when working together, not only during lessons but also beyond the classroom.
This year, the Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium Hamburg participates for the first time in the YES! – Young Economic Summit. And we do so with good reason: For one, economy, politics and geography play a prominent role in our school’s curriculum and we believe it is important to look beyond one’s nose in order to deal with current problems and topics of these areas. Besides, the YES-project reflects very well the three constituents of our school motto:
We will definitely need a great deal of creativity to come up with a fresh or even totally new solution to our topic.
Human Kindness means looking at the needs of other people and being aware of the responsibility we all share for making this world a better place. This is exactly what happens at YES!, when students try to draft solutions for a fair, healthy, caring society.
Acquiring knowledge about current political and economic questions and finding innovative ways of dealing with it, is going to be a great achievement for all YES! participants. And, last but not least, YES! is a competition, and even if we truly believe in the Olympic spirit – “It’s not important to win, but to participate.” – who does not like to win ….?
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Cooperation with Turkey has emerged as one pillar of Europe’s response to the refugee crisis.
Turkey agreed to step up its border controls to help curtail the inflow of refugees into the European Union. In return, the EU promised to provide Turkey with substantial financial support to host refugees, to speed up the work on easing Schengen visa requirements, and to revive Turkey’s accession process to the EU.
The deal hence intends to provide support to refugees in Turkey and their hosting communities, while preventing irregular migration to the EU.
The new flexibility in dealing with Turkey’s previously frozen accession process, however, comes at a time when Turkey’s political scene is marked by deep polarization and a state of democracy that has come under increasing international criticism.
This topic addresses the question of how the EU-Turkey cooperation needs to be designed in order to benefit refugees and hosting communities in Turkey, without compromising on fundamental values and domestic reforms in Turkey.
How can the EU financial support be effectively provided to communities in need? In what way can NGOs and civil society be included in this process? How can the cooperation between Turkey and the EU be shaped in the future? Which forms of cooperation are possible? And how can the EU make sure to press for reforms in Turkey without putting the cooperation on migration at risk?
The topic “Future Cooperation between Turkey and the EU” based on the Global Economic Symposium (GES), organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in cooperation with the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.
Pictures (from top to bottom): (c) Alexander-von-Humboldt-Schule Neumünster, (c) shutterstock / Borislav Bajkic.