The  YES! Team Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Dillingen


The YES! 2017 team of the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Dillingen is working on the topic ‘European Integration and the Rise of National Populist Parties‘.


Solution Proposal of the Team:


Checkpoint – Prove the Truth


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Portrait Kevin Kerber

Kevin Kerber


Hello, my name is Kevin Kerber and I am eighteen years old. I live in Hemmersdorf and I visit the eleventh class of the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium located in Dillingen. I am in politics and I am especially interested in the actual political situation in Germany and the US.


I participate in the Young Economic Summit due to my opinion that the world will be changed by a lot in the near future, so I try to influence the mentioned changes in a positive way. Furthermore, I want to learn about global, political and economical processes and YES! looks like a promising opportunity for it.


The fact that a great number of people think that the EU is bad for their countries is one of the biggest problems the EU has at the moment. Many nationalist and populist parties across all member states are very successful with their concept of abolishing the European Union. My team wants to show the several advantages the EU has to offer. In addition to that, we want to show the German population the hidden goals, most of the nationalist and populist parties want to achieve.

Portrait Dong Nghi Le

Dong Nghi Le


Hello, my name is Dong Nghi Le. I am nineteen years old and I am from Dillingen where I am attending the 11th grade at the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium. I spend my free time with drawing and hanging out with my friends. I take part in the Young Economic Summit because I have dealt with the subjects before and these are really interesting topics. Our topic “European Integration and the Rise of Nationalistic Populistic Parties” is a topic in our politics class at the moment as well, so it is a great possibility for us to deal with that topic outside of school, to build a concept and to put more effort in our work. It is important that young people, like us, state their point of view in public. Therefore, my team and I would like to use this chance with my participation in the Young Economic Summit.

Portrait Lars Kreutzer

Lars Kreutzer


Hello! My name is Lars Kreutzer and I am 17 years old. I attend year eleven at the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium, a secondary school in Dillingen and I live in Saarwellingen. In my spare time, I play the piano and computer games. My interests are mostly based on scientific and geographical topics like space or the energy and power supply.


I decided to take part in the Young Economic Summit as I think that the world needs some positive changes right now. I already have some ideas for some of these changes. Furthermore, I am tired of adults shaping the world only after their interests and partly abstruse ideas. I also want to take part of those processes. Therefore, I am seeing the Young Economic Summit as my big chance.


Currently, one of our most urgent problems is missing cooperation in the European Union. In the past, the EU has been really useful and it is going to be the same in the future. Thus, I think it is a shame that nationalist and populist parties want to abolish the EU. Moreover, they are succeeding well with their policy. But especially during the time of refugee crisis we should not put our European cooperation on ice. Because together, problems can be tackled more easily as everyone would do on its own. My team and I would like to search for solutions to the EU problem. Additionally, we would like to scout our fellow humans about these populist parties and their real targets.

Portrait Julia Rückel

Julia Rückel


Hello, I am Julia Rückel and I am sixteen years old. I am a pupil in year 11 at the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium in Dillingen Saar. I am living with my parents in Düppenweiler. I pass my leisure time with sports, athletics and dancing. Besides that, I play the guitar and the piano. I am really interested in politics and economic topics, what is one of the reasons I would like to take part in the Young Economic Summit.


In my opinion, the Young Economic Summit is offering a great opportunity for adolescents presenting their ideas and being taken seriously. It is not just the idea of one individual, but about a concept worked out by a group of young pupils, which aren’t allowed to vote, but which will suffer from the decisions politicians make now. There is much potential in young people because they have many different ideas for solving problems, and that is the reason I would like to take part in the Young Economic Summit. I would like to see the concepts of others and getting inspired by them.


The subject “European Integration and the Rise of Nationalistic and Populistic Parties” is my favourite one because it has become a persistent political theme of discussion in the last two years. Furthermore, it will be one in the next few years too. Notably are the elections in Germany, France and the Netherlands where the increasing number of refugees and the reaction of the residents will have an impact on the voting results. It is interesting to see how the EU as a community will react and how it will change the member’s relationships.

Portrait Julian Stein

Julian Christopher Stein


Hello, my name is Julian Christopher Stein and I am a 17-year-old pupil attending grade eleven at the secondary school „Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Dillingen/Saar“. I spend my leisure time playing the guitar and the ukulele, playing video games, listening to music and meeting friends, e.g. for playing cards, mostly poker. I have interests in computer science, computer hardware, cars, history and politics.


Currently, we have to deal with several political and economic problems in the world. Taking part in YES! gives me a great chance to become active and involved in discussions and to try to find solutions for the prevailing problems, including talks with experts and researchers about their specific fields. Furthermore one has the opportunity to learn the approach to working on a topic.


These days one of the biggest problems in Europe is the fact that the enthusiasm about the EU is decreasing enormously. This trend boosts the upswing of nationalist and populist parties. Therefore it is now even more important to point out the advantages the EU brings in order to prevent countries from deciding to leave the EU, like Great Britain did on 23 June 2016. That is the reason why my team and I have chosen the topic „European integration and the upswing of nationalist and populist parties“ in order to find reasons and possible solutions. Moreover it is about our future and the Europe we would like to live in.

Portrait Richard Mohr

Richard Mohr


My name is Richard Mohr and I am seventeen years old. I live in Dillingen/Saar and I attend year 11 at the Albert‑Schweitzer‑Gymnasium in Dillingen/Saar. My hobbies are playing video games and listening to music. I am interested in science and informatics.


I participate in the Young Economic Summit because I think that the youth needs more opportunities to be involved in today’s political and economic problems. I think that YES! offers a good possibility to share ideas and suggestions for improvement.


I think the EU is losing more and more its sense of togetherness. Nationalist and populist parties use the population’s frustration to increase their influence to their advantage. Out of my view, those parties’ new power is endangering the peace in the EU.

Portrait Ugur Turunc

Ugur Turunc


Hello, my name is Ugur Turunc and I am 17 years old. I attend year eleven at the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium in Dillingen. I was born in a different federal state, in Sachsen-Anhalt, more precisely in Halle (Saale). My hobbies are archery and playing video games. My interests have not changed since I was a child. There are a lot of interests, from modern technology to astronomy. A couple of years ago, I also got interested in politics.


I do not only participate in the Young Economic Summit for just having a chance to change the world in some way but to gain many and significant experiences for my future as well.


A big problem is the growing success of nationalist parties in the European Union. One reason for this is the population’s “fear” of refugees that is because of the lack of alternatives and missing knowledge of the population. People who do not even have any interests in right-wing policies seems to be “forced” to join and support them, just because they are the only one with solutions, which are radical right-wing.

YES! Team 2017 ASG Dillingen Johanna Tilk

Johanna Tilk



My name is Johanna Tilk, I´m 16 years old and I’m in the eleventh grade of the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium, a secondary school in Dillingen Saar. In my free time, I play tennis and football and I enjoy reading. I’m especially interested in biology, ecology and sports.


I decided to participate in the Young Economic Summit because I think that young persons should be able to have a say in political and ecological topics. Furthermore, we ought to be aware that the future is ours. Therefore it means that we have to change it so that we and following generations want to live in it.


Because of the fact that primarily Europe and the European Union are affected by big problems and a dwindling sense of togetherness, my group and I have made the decision to tackle those problems with the choice of the topic „European Integration and the Rise of Nationalist and Populist Parties“ and of course to find possible resolutions.


No one should forget how much use the EU was in the past and how much it could be in the future if we all pulled together.

YES! 2017 Topic

Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung GmbH (ZEW)

European Integration and the Rise of National Populist Parties


In recent years, there has been a rise of EU-sceptic party’s across EU member states, e.g. ‘Alternative für Deutschland’ in Germany, ‘Front du National’ or ´Jobbik´ in Hungary. The resurgence of nationalism culminated last year in UK’s popular vote for the Brexit. In many aspects, nationalist parties challenge both the status quo -as shown by the separatist vote in the UK- and the process of further European Integration.


Union-wide reforms are needed to increase stability across member states, prevent future crises and foster future welfare in Europe. Nationalist tendencies, implying lower willingness to coordinate and delegate tasks to the EU level might put the European reform process at danger. Moreover, current compliance with existing rules of the Union such as reform requirements in exchange for loans from the European stability mechanism (ESM) might be challenged by individual nationalist ´free-riders´.


How can Europe cope with increasing nationalism? What can be done to support the European Union in an environment of diverging preferences? Is a resurgence of nationalism even a chance for a new legitimacy and accountability of the Union? Who is responsible: the EU, member states or is it a story told by the legacy of the financial crisis? Can Europe adapt more legitimacy, be more accountable and incorporate more direct democracy? How can the European value added be measured and communicated?


Read more about the YES! 2017 topic “European Integration and the Rise of National Populist Partieshere.


The topic “European Integration and the Rise of National Populist Parties” was proposed by researchers of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The YES!-teams are supported by the researchers Sebastian Blesse and Thomas Schwab.


This topic has been chosen by the YES! teams of the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Dillingen and the Hohe Landesschule Hanau.

Pictures (from top to bottom): (c) Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Dillingen, (c) YES! Team Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium Dillingen, (c) / Delpixel, (c) ZEW