In glorious sunshine and with the active participation of many young German and Turkish teens, Nordmann Event Consulting managed the opening event of the ‘Deutsch-Türkische Jugendbrücke’ in Tarabya, the summer residence of the German ambassador by the Bosporus. The project works with civil society organisations and public-sector partners to further improve German-Turkish relations. “The Jugendbrücke has the potential to become another beacon project in our relationship with Turkey. The Federal Foreign Office has supported Stiftung Mercator in the development of and groundwork for the Deutsch-Türkische Jugendbrücke from the beginning. Projects such as these and our commitment to the Turkish-German University and the Tarabya Cultural Academy, underline our desire to strengthen the cultural, and above all, the interpersonal relationships between our two countries,” said Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, who also attended the opening event in Istanbul.

The enthusiasm and commitment of the young people at the event impressively demonstrated that they profit from the exchange and learn from each other, and how prejudices are dispelled and constructive ideas arise.