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Patron for 2016

Dr. Beate Merk, MdL

Bavarian Minister for European Affairs and International Relations

+49 (0)731-717 07 76


Democracy is based on the participation of citizens and their commitment to form the political will. Thus, democracy needs the willingness to get involved. An elementary condition for this is the knowledge about the organization of the state system, the functions of parties and associations, the rights and duties of individuals and the possibilities to influence decisions. Therefore political education is inextricably linked to a functioning democratic order. This applies to countries in which this form of government is established and, more particularly, to countries that are developing new democratic structures in the course of an internal reform process.

Thus, I am very pleased that the Asociation for European Education has implemented a project with young people from Tunisia and Bavaria, which provides participants with essential elements of political education in a practical way. In addition, the project offers the opportunity for young people from different countries and cultures to meet, to get to know each other and to deepen a mutual understanding - an effect that is as important as seldom before in the face of the current world situation.

Bavaria has supported the political transformation in Tunisia since 2010 with great interest and sympathy. I have visited this country several times myself. We support the peaceful change and the construction of democratic structures and look forward to future progress on this path.

Young people come from Tunisia to discover our democratic institutions and to gain an awareness of the meaning to be a citizen of a democratic society. This is an excellent sign for the future of Tunisia and its further development of our relationships.

I would like to thank the organizers and the participants for their commitment. I wish the participants from Tunisia and Bavaria insightful and interesting days.

Dr. Beate Merk, MdL

Dr. Beate Merk, MdL
Bavarian Minister for European Affairs and International Relations

Patron for 2015

Rosi Steinberger

Member of the Bavarian Parliament

+49 (0)871-430 37 56


It was above all young people in Tunisia who took to the streets in the end of 2010, this paving the way for a new dawn in the Arab world.

To this day I remain fascinated by their courage and determination. In Tunisia, casting off the old regime has been a largely peaceful process so far.

The achievements after this revolution are encouraging:
A new constitution which is praised as modern and elections which results are accepted by a vast majority of Tunisians. But anchoring democracy is still proving difficult.

Beyond the cruel and inhuman aspects of the terror attacks at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis and at the beach of Sousse, these attacks are threatening the economy and tightening the sharp unemployment problem particularly among young people.

Youth exchange programmes such as the one between Tunis and Landshut play a key role in opening up new perspectives for young people on how to participate in society and politics.

Rosi Steinberger

Rosi Steinberger
Member of the Bavarian Parliament

Patron for 2014

Norbert Hoffmann

Chairman of Nahost Forum Bayern e.V. and Member of Landshut City Council

+49 (0)871-275 56 26


The Arab countries are currently having a hard time in the general perception of the so-called West.

It can therefore not be taken for granted that politically minded young people with a sense of social responsibility will tackle the big adventure and be willing to gain insights of their own.

These impressions – particularly those acquired in youth – and the contacts established across national and cultural boundaries are the very future of our reciprocal relations in a social, economic and political context.

This future needs an honest dialogue. Mutual trust is indispensable for such a dialogue.

Trust emerges through personal encounter. And this project facilitates the so immensely important personal encounters.

Let me express my explicit gratitude to the organisers and supporters, who with remarkable commitment and dedication are playing a part in creating and implementing this exceptional and ambitious project.

Norbert Hoffmann

Norbert Hoffmann
Chairman of Nahost Forum Bayern e.V. (Middle East Forum) and Member of Landshut City Council

Patron for 2017

Consulate of the Republic of Tunisia in Munich, Consul Soumaya Zorai Chaabani