LEEK will host visitors from Este and Bad Windsheim for the Remembrance weekend from November 7 to 12.
Around 35 Italians and 15 Germans are expected, including seven German students and three Italian students.
All visitors will take part in Leek’s Remembrance services on Sunday, November 10, including a service at St Edward’s Church and a parade through town to the Nicholson War Memorial, then to Ball Haye Green in the afternoon.
The foreign students have been invited to Leek to take part in a joint debate with a small number of students from Westwood College and Leek High School.
They will meet each other at Westwood on Friday, November 8, in the morning to work together to decide a list of issues important to them as youngsters.
European elections are due to take place in May 2014 and the students want to select the issues they would like MEP candidates to address.
After lunch these Leek, Este and Bad Winsheim students will go to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s base in Stockwell Street.
They will use the council chamber to make a presentation, currently scheduled to start at 2pm, to an audience of their peers from the two Leek high schools.
They will present their top five issues and then ask the audience to vote on the two or three most important ones.
On November 22, two MEPs will come to Leek to take part in a session at Westwood College.
The two MEPs who have agreed to come are Philip Bradbourn and Nicki Sinclaire.
They will be arriving at Westwood at 10.30am to take part in a question and answer session at 11am with the core students from the November 8 session, who will lobby them on the issues they voted for two weeks previously.
In addition, the German and Italian students will be returning to their home countries and meeting their local MEPs to do the same thing in late November.