Protesting, voting and engaged, or despondent, disinterested and dangerous?
Political stereotypes about young people abound in every society, and in Europe today the young generation is particularly at risk of being talked about by elders and the powerful, rather than attentively listened to and treated as equals.
The policy report ‘Rejuvenating Europe’s democracy’ comes at the end of a significant three year transnational study of the way young people do politics in Europe today, in a context of rising inequalities, entitled EURYKA.
The report outlines how the younger generations of Europeans have been particularly marked by a decade of economic and wider political crisis, which has combined with demographic change and the ageing of Europe’s society to create a situation of generational structural injustice.
It proposes in multiple policy domains – including the economy, environment, migration, urban policy, regional policy, education, leisure and sports, media and culture, and electoral rules – that specific action needs urgently to be taken to empower youth to bring positive renewal to Europe’s political, social and economic settlement.
History has returned to Europe, and the political agency of the younger generations will be decisive in how the continent navigates the future. This report, written by Niccolò Milanese, designed by Marta Cillero and illustrated by Marina Fernandez, includes key recommendations to take urgent needed actions.