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High Visitor – Minister Wolf at the Albert Schäffle School

On May 22, 2017, the Albert Schäffle School received a lot of visitors: Guido Wolf, the Minister of Justice and European Affairs, came straight from Shanghai to the Säer. The occasion for the visit of the former mayor of Nürtingen was a project day on the subject of Europe

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After a brief welcome by Headmaster, Mr. Gundelsweiler, the district councils for infrastructure and the staff council of the ASS, participated in a lesson. There the prominent guests attended a lesson in the subject History and Civics with subject teacher, Mr. Pascher. After a thematic introduction, the students bombarded the minister responsible with questions on current European issues, such as EU enlargement, Brexit and European education policy. Mr. Wolf was pessimistic about the future of Turkey as a privileged EU partner. Furthermore, he stressed the importance of setting up initiatives to raise the passion of young people for Europe, such as student exchanges and joint European research projects. He also claimed that the low turnout of the young British was an important cause for the Brexit. As a potential “export hit”, the Minister of Europe described our system of dual training, which could act as a job engine in other countries.

Subsequently, Mr. Wolf changed to the role of the listener. Participants of the EU exchange project “Erasmus+ Labour Integration in Europe”, presented the results and outcomes of their current research and the past exchange visits in Belfast and Nürtingen to the minister. The project was presented by selected students of the WGEA, the international class of the upper secondary school. Illustrated by a fact-based PowerPoint presentation, they explained how, together with students from Norway, Italy and Northern Ireland, they examine the labour markets of the four different countries and the respective requirements for young professionals, working closely with local companies such as Putzmeister and Heller.

Finally, Mr. Wolf was invited to the podium discussion on stage. There, the audience learned what a typical ministerial daily routine looks like and what goals he pursues as Minister of European Affairs. In addition, current and controversial issues in Europe were discussed, such as the opportunities and challenges facing Baden-Württemberg due to increasing labour migration from other EU countries. Last but not least, the Minister of European Affairs commented on the possibilities of integration of refugees into the local labour market and on the effects of Brexit on Baden-Württemberg.

The outcome was a profitable morning for people involved. The students were able to get to know an important political country official in person, to exchange ideas with him and to receive competent answers to their questions about the European present and future. The Minister himself was given a first-hand insight into a concrete European educational project.

Source: Translated from the original version to be found on: https://www.albert-schaeffle-schule.de/nachrichtenleser/items/ministerbesuch.html