We are Juliane, Nina, Miriam, Marlon and Joshua. Together we are the team for the YES! – Young Economic Summit 2016 from the Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium Hamburg.
Attending YES is a huge opportunity for young people like us because we get present and discuss our approaches to solving the big international problems of our time. It gives us the chance to change something because these problems are all going to be on us in just a few years.
Since we all have a school-focus on English and Politics, we’re very excited to start working on our topic: Future Cooperation Between Turkey and the EU. We chose this topic because it’s versatile and it affects all of us here in Germany.
Stay tuned for more information about our working progress!
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?
Das Thema “Future Cooperation between Turkey and the EU” stammt aus dem Global Economic Symposium (GES), das vom Institut für Weltwirtschaft in Kooperation mit der ZBW – Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft organisiert wird.
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