"Europe's changing economy - Europe
and the World"
As a conclusion of a teaching unit about "Europe's
changing economy - Europe and the World" pupils of the classes 9a and 9b
developed scenarios under the title "In the year 2025....Living in
Europe in the Age of Globalisation" about what the future might hold for
In the year 2025
today was the
long-awaited class reunion. It was not easy to get all our classmates
together, because they were distributed all over the world. We had not
seen each other for eleven years and I was happy to see them all and it
was interesting to see how they all had changed.
saw my former friend. She lives in America now and she told me about her
life. She had met her husband for the first time in a computer chatroom.
In the beginning they used the Webcame to get to know each other and
then they had a date in a cafe. After 10 dates they fell in love and
after 1 year they married in a diving ceremony. Now they have work
stations at home and communicate with their company via their intranet.
Moreover she has got only one child. He is seven years old. he is taken
to school by a community plane. he does not need any books at school,
they have got modern touchpad-laptops. Their son is in a basketball club
and in his freetime he plays lots of computer games.
I was very happy
to see my classmates again, but did not recognize my classroom. On every
desk there was a laptop and it was very well equipped. So this day was
full of events. After the classmeeting I went bac to my hotel and
tomorrow a plane will take me back to my family.
A lot of time has
passed. many things are different now. Now we do not have Kings and
Queens anymore, anywhere. Many former coastal countries have been
flooded and do not exist anymore, because of the climate change. People
have moved to interior areas which are overcrowded now.
It is midnight
now, I must stop writing.
Abinaya, Elena and Maria
in the morning I woke my children and made their favourite breakfast.
Then a special school bus took them to school, where they spend the
The school is very modern, every child has his own laptop and every
classroom its own beamer.
There are no teachers anymore, only a man on the laptop who teaches
them. The tests are written on the laptop, too. In one class are no more
than ten pupils and most of the time they work in groups.
After the kids took off to school I went to work. On my way to work I
only had to put my destination on the computer of my car. Then it drove
me there all itself.
At lunch break I read the newspaper on my I-Pod. There was a picture of
our new Prime Minister who we elected last month. On the next page I saw
my husband on a photo. He works in China as an architect and he is at
home at the weekends only. I met him on an internet dating page five
years ago. He designed a modern multi-storey building of China´s most
important companies. Meanwhile China is the most important country in
the world, especially in the economy sector and its economy is still
On the last page of the newspaper they reported that the war between
Palestine and Israel has ended and the German army is back from Israel.
Back to the hospital I had to do an operation. As a surgeon I miss my
colleagues but I only have to steer the robot when doing an operation.
When I arrived at home, dinner was just ready, because cooking is
computer-controlled, too. I programme it in the morning so that it knows
when I come home. I only have to put the pots and pans on the cooker,
before I leave for work.
While I was laying the table, my children came home with a special
school bus. It takes them directly to their homes.
After dinner we watched a film on our 4D TV. That is a new kind of TV,
there are different kinds of special effects, e.g. your seats are moving
during the film.
Right now I am writing this text on my mobile diary. But now I must
finish, because I´am very tired.
Julia, Marie, Rebecca, Dijana, Jaimie
the world will change in 15 years:
Class Reunion in 2025
You are Marie, right?
K: Lee, I have hardly
recognized you. How much change in 15 years…! You also have
changed very much.
Right.. (laughing) Have you already seen the others
of our clique?
K: Emm… Right over there..
I think it‘s Samantha, isn‘t she?. And behind her is
A: Hello, you are Lee and
K: Yes, and you are
Samantha, right? How are you?
N: It‘s so nice to see
you. The last time I saw you was in 2010 at our graduation.
are you doing at the
I live in Berlin and right now work on a research project.
A: In the past you wanted
to be a journalist and now you are an academic.
N: What are you
I‘m working on a hydrogen-hybrid car. It‘s very
enviromentally friendly and our
aim is that it can fly
short tracks. What‘s about you, Samantha?
A: Normally I live in the
USA with my husband and my two children. At the moment
I‘m in Germany,
because my company has got a foreign contract here.
K: What is that contract
A: It‘s about a new house
construction scheme, where the energy is only provieded
by the sun and by
N: That sounds
interesting. And what about you, Marie?
K: I don‘t work at the
moment, because I‘ve got a seven-month-old child. Before
worked in a 3- star
restaurant. We haven‘t heard anything about you, Mascha.
N: I am married to a
millionaire. He‘s the producer of 5-D glases and earns so
money that I don‘t
have to work.
Wow. What a great life!
A: I think we will meet
later again. I will go around and look how many of the
others I recognize.
K: And I will phone home
to hear from the nanny whether my daughter sleeps well.
I‘ll do the same as Samantha.
N: OK, see you later.
in the life of Phillip Hoffmann
Wendtlandt, Patrick Milne, Jannik Ostmann, Lennard Naumann
5.30 am in
Oslo: Phillip Hoffmann is woken up by his PDA. He works in a
lawyer’s office for product counterfeiting, which got out of control
in the last few years. Phillip enters the kitchen and makes coffee
for him and his wife Angeline. Angeline is from France and she works
as a specialist for genetic engineering and in-vitro fertilization.
Angeline and Phillip have two children. The older one is disabled
and goes to a school for mentally handicapped, the younger one is
healthy and goes to a normal secondary school. Phillip and his wife
have decided against genetic engineering, although it is legal.
Phillip says goodbye to his family and gets into his hydrogen car.
His younger son packs his laptop in his bag and takes the next
underground to school. Angeline takes the older son to school and
then she drives to work herself.
cities are totally overcrowded there is a traffic jam every morning,
so that most of the people have their breakfast in the car on the
way to their work. Many illegal immigrants are standing on the
wayside and selling coffee, rolls and bagels.
After one and
a half hour Phillip arrives in his office. In 2025, everybody has
accepted that the whole city centre is monitored by cameras.
At 17.00 he
drives home. Also Angeline has finished working. She fetches the
boys from school and buys food at the Organic McDonalds. Meanwhile
Phillip is watching television and surfing on the internet, both at
one control, which reacts to their eyes movements.
In the news he
gets to know, that the American President has invited the two World
War powers India and China to peace negotiations in the White House.
The war is basically about drinking water and land, but also about
the question, who has to take all the refugees from the flooded
On the monitor
frame he can see his wife activating the finger scan and opening the
front door. The security arrangements were intensified since street
gangs got more and more violent in the non-monitored parts of the
take their meal to their rooms and Angeline sits down next to
Phillip and they eat together. After the news there is a report
about the expected economical crisis. Many people think, that Norway
will get in trouble in the future because the international demand
for petroleum, which is Norway’s biggest source of income, has
dropped drastically. It is also speculated, whether the state is
able to afford the disproportionately expensive buildings of dams
around Norway. At 23.00 h Phillip falls asleep under the sound of
the city’s sirens.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our programme “VIPs in
your city”. My name
Kent Brockman from
FOX Television and it´s the 15th August, 2025. Today I have
an interview with a former student of Heepen Grammar School, Bielefeld,
Germany. Okay, let´s start with the time after leaving school.
B: Hello, Kent. Okay.
After I passed my Abitur I studied medicine at Münster University.
A: How long did you have
B: I studied medicine for
6 years. After these 6 years I wanted to go abroad as a fresh doctor,
and decided to move to somewhere in America.
A: As we can see you
really moved to the USA. How did you get settled in America?
B: I got a job in a big
hospital. After 7 years I didn´t have to do much anymore. They got
robots which did the operations you just had to program them and look
after them. So I now have much time at work, which I use to communicate
with my family, mostly with my children, they are spending a year
A: Oh, your job sounds
B: That´s true, but the
robots cannot do all jobs, I have much work, too, visiting patients ,
preparing them for operations, programming the robots or something like
A: You sound so modest!
You are known to be one of America´s best medicinal programmers! Is
there time left for your private life?
B: Life at home is very
relaxed. I programmed my house. When I come home the tea cooks and the
water runs into the tub at a temperature of exactly 40°C.
A: And what´s about your
B: She works as
development aid volunteer here in L.A. and manages the work in
Bangladesh. When she comes home we watch TV. It is very comfortable with
the speech control, and then we have dinner together, home-made, we
don´t like this tin food. By the way, would you like some tea?
A: Yes please. Thank you
B: Here you are. Genuine
European tea. Europe is a nice continent but I was surprised that they
included Turkey into the EU.
In 2010, there was no way they could come in, they must have improved
A: Yes the main reason
was as you surely know the flooding in 2017. Turkey helped with much
B: Oh yes the flooding.
Europe overcame the flooding amazing well. Oh sorry they need me in the
hospital; maybe we can continue the interview later.
A: Okay thank you.
B: No problem.
Willems, Patrick Janz, Lennart Weigel und Niklas Gelzenleuchter
Focus Special: The last 15
this special we report about how the world has changed in the last 15
A teacher talks about how
life at a high school has changed: “The most important change was the
using of computers. Today it is natural that every student has his or
her own computer at school, but 15 years ago it was not so.
The school classes
were much bigger than they are now. That is the effect of the general
decrease in population. In general I would say that the life in school
was updated and optimized.”
The power production has
changed in Germany. Dr. James Patrick comments: “15 years ago three
quarters of Germany’s electricity was generated by nuclear power
In Germany all nuclear
power stations have been shut down, but France has 5 stations, which are
still working. Nowadays Germany gets its electricity from renewable
Dr. Prof. Ostmann reports
about the most important innovations in the last years.”The first man on
Mars 2 years ago was a big step forward for the space exploration. The
natural resources on the Earth have come to an end, so we have to look
for alternatives. Before people can settle on Mars there will be many
years of research necessary.”
The climate has obvious
changed in the last years. A Climatologist: “Nowadays the summers and
winters are more intense than in the year 2010. The differences in
temperature, in summer are about 5°C, in winter 4°C. The coastal
countries in the year 2010 were located completely above sea level. Now
10% are located below sea level.”
In traffic the differences
are enormous. An economic expert reports:”15 years ago people couldn’t
imagine that someday nearly all people go in cars with electric drive.
Because of this, Christian Horners innovation in 2018, the electronic
drive is more efficient than an old diesel- or petrol engines. Because
of this change the oil states have become, because their oil is not
needed any longer.
All in all we can say that
since 2010, there were lots of positive and negative developments that
changed the world and our lives.
Tim Schuwerack, Sven Grabbe
Technical and social
development of the last 15 years – A newspaper article
All over the world
many things have changed in the last 15 years The most important
developments are listed in this article of the magazine “Global
The number of
unemployed has risen steadily, because more and more the workers are
replaced by machines.Dirk Blesius, owner of Blesius-Industries,
says: “My company is currently very busy, because many broken
electronic articles need to be repaired.” Many jobs have been lost,
because the nuclear power plants were replaced with solar plants in
the Sahara. The majority of workers in the tidal and wind power
plants have been replaced by robots.” Currently it is very difficult
to find a job on the labour market, because nearly all the simple
work is done by machines”, reported Kai Mohnfelder from the
“Argentur für Arbeit”. As said by the Federal Ministry of Labour, in
the next 15 years about 20% of the work will be done by machines.
But the employees of the cities have to fight their problems: the
giving up of public transportation. Sven Kische makes the
Hydrogen-cars responsible for the losure of the public transport.
“Only a short time ago, I was a bus driver in Paderborn. But because
of the switch over to the Hydrogen-cars, the public transport was no
longer competitive. And unfortunately the Hartz IV-rates were
lowered”. Also other economis problems appeared, like for example in
the retirement field. The pension funds now have problems, because
there are not enough young people, who pay into them. At the same
time, many older people are dependent on their pensions.Because of
the increase in the percentage of eldery people, many schools must
be closed or combined with other schools. Because only the demanding
works are carried by humans, the pressure to perform well is very
high for the few students.
Peter + Alexander Döring
The story is about Alan Withe, a single engineer, who creats new
flying cars for Audi. The sea level has risen by 3.5 metres, the
Netherlands has drowned.
7.00 Dream program ends, wake up
7.15 Get my breakfast by a lift from the German Food
7.32 Get up and go to my office in my flat
7.39 Start Windows 12, open work program
Dictate the computer new ideas for more efficient nitrogen cars
produced by Audi
13.41 Go to
the toilet (cleans automatically)
Hermsburger, Germany´s leading fast food producer and get a salad
and a Vegieburger by a pipe
friends, go by serviceplane to the Sauerland, snowboarding on
20.30 Fly back
at home in my private plane. Start Autopilot, watch news about Far
East War between North- and South Korea, Africa has bought all
20.45 Fly to
my best friend´s apartment and watch 4-D films
home. Go to my waterbed, start dreaming program
What will be in 15
years? Radio news in 2025:
Germany. It is 3 o’clock and your listening Radio FWG.
and South Korea have signed a peace treaty together with China,
Japan, America and Europe. In the last months all these
countries and continents waged war, because North Korea didn’t
want to disarm their nuclear weapons. Now they have to pay the
costs for the expenses of the other members that took part in
the war. North Korea will be under the control and regime of
years ago the world population rose to over 8.5 billion people.
absolutely a high
number of inhabitants per town. The most populated country is
India with nearly 2 billion people and every day hundreds of
babies are born, so this number will always rise, which means
that we need more nurses, but there aren’t enough applicants who
want to do this. So more and more robots are used for taking
care of the babies, a measure already known from old people’s
Dubai the last oil plant had close, because there isn’t any oil
any more. So the world absolutely has no oil and must rely on
the research work. With this a period of reliable fuel supply
has ended and a new era of uncertainty begins.
morning the car producer Mercedes showed its new hydrogen
It is less
polluting than all the other new ones, but expensive, too.
It costs 30,000
Euros at the moment, but includes 10 airbags, a tom-tom, an
and two television sets at the back of the car.
At 8pm the
polling stations in whole Germany will close and with a big
probability the Bündnis ‘90/Grüne will win the election
The voter turnout
is the biggest since the existing of the Federal Republic of
Sandra Süsselbeck, 9b