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Founding the German-Turkish Youth Exchange

Mutual accusations, including comparisons to dictators, were flung about and bilateral diplomacy dismantled in record time. Concerned by the dismal state of German-Turkish relations, a group of Mercator alumni founded the “Young Diplomats” registered association with financial assistance from the Mercator Alumni Fund. The association seeks to bolster the two countries’ long-term relationship through international projects particularly involving young people. As the founders put it: “Turkish-German: We’re the connection.”

The idea of founding an association developed during a Stiftung Mercator German-Turkish Youth Bridge training session for 90 young Germans and Turks. In its wake, ten of the programme’s participants founded the “Young Diplomats”.