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Minister Tarek Al-Wazir speaks at EBS Universität

9 October 2019 | By: Pressestelle EBS Universität
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Tarek Al-Wazir, Hessian Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing, discussed the topic “Democracy at risk?”

Yesterday evening focused on the topic “Democracy at risk?”.

Is our democracy at risk? On October 9, Tarek Al-Wazir, Hessian Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport, and Housing, discussed this question at eye level with students and professors at EBS Universität on the Schloss campus in Oestrich-Winkel.

In a recently published study by the research institute YouGov in cooperation with the SINUS Institute, about half of the respondents see our democracy at risk. Around four out of ten respondents also believe that it will function worse in the next ten years than it does today. For almost an hour, the minister answered students’ critical questions about the alienation of citizens from politics, current climate policy, and many other topics.

“Many citizens want democracy like Amazon Prime: elected today, delivered tomorrow. - Tarek Al-Wazir, Hessian Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport, and Housing.

“Yes, democracy is at risk,” Tarek Al-Wazir stated right at the beginning. “Not only Trump, the Brexit and now almost seven years of civil war in Syria show that the world has become disordered in a certain way.” In his lecture at the beginning of the event, Al-Wazir also highlighted the situation in Germany. “I have the feeling that an ever-larger part of the population no longer feels part of society and wants democracy like Amazon Prime: elected today, delivered tomorrow. But all citizens have to participate in democracy, because democracy depends on committed democrats. That is why it is especially important for him to enter into an exchange with young people.

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