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Young women to sweep Social Democrats back in force

By Alazne Irigoien / 25 February, 2019

Standing up for young women could make a difference in the upcoming elections. Putting women and gender equality at the centre of EU politics, adopting social policies with a strong gender perspective and implementing gender balance systematically would help to achieve the objective of “a Europe of gender equality and...

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Social Democrats will leave nobody behind in the transition to a more sustainable world

By Frans Timmermans / 20 February, 2019

Many people feel they don’t have an equal part in society and are alone in paying the costs for the transition to a more sustainable economy, environment and social model. It is time for Social-Democrats to make social sustainability a reality, because social sustainability will get the largest possible group...

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Why millennials aren’t voting anymore, and what it means for progressives ?

By David Harley / 12 February, 2019

Progressives have been tormented by the West’s political paroxysms of the past few years, and when casting around for who to blame, they sometimes point the finger at millennials. These are our youngest voters –broadly defined as those born between the mid-1980s and the early 2000s – and they have...

Editorial

By Maria João Rodrigues / 3 December, 2018

This edition focuses on the digital revolution. The term revolution evokes images of peoples’ uprisings against the powers that be. What strikes me these days, is that the most ardent supporters of the digital revolution are multinational companies that invest heavily in new technologies such as artificial intelligence. That leaves...

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Brexit: Are UK politicians listening to younger people?

By Caroline Macfarland / 18 June, 2018

The UK referendum on the EU in 2016, narrowly won by the ‘Leave’ side (52% to 48%), has resulted in much discussion about a divided nation. Caroline Macfarland sets out her vision of what a better public dialogue could look like and how it could capture the interests of younger...

To enter the labour market, a challenge for millennials

By Massimiliano Mascherini / 13 February, 2018

While the figures are improving, it is still difficult for millennials to enter the labour market and an increase in long term youth unemployment is one of the more visible effects of the crisis. Empowering young people by creating favourable conditions for them to develop their talents and to actively...

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Erasmus for all?

By Sergei Stanishev / 13 February, 2018

Erasmus, the student exchange programme, is one of the EU’s greatest success stories. Now, we want to open it to everyone.   Mention European politics to a random sample of today’s young people and you will be lucky to get much more than shrugs or blank stares. But mention Erasmus,...

Youth Participation in EU Elections is Falling: Differences across Member States

By Doru Frantescu / 5 October, 2016

Data from the last European elections shows a sharp decrease in the turnout of young people voting. Even more worryingly, the gap between the participation of the oldest generation and the youngest one is widening. While an opposite trend can be observed in some of the Member States such as...

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Restoring Confidence in Politics

By Anne Muxel / 5 October, 2016

The attraction of populist parties in segments of the European youth isn’t new. But in recent years it has gained momentum in many countries and has led to the consolidation of a strong electoral base. Parties that merge anti-immigration policies with a nationalist focus and an anti-establishment stance have been...

Iran’s Millennials: The Burgeoning Generation

By Beatrice Maneshi / 5 October, 2016

Iran’s millennials (Nasl-e Sevvom meaning the ‘Third Generation’ in Farsi) includes the generations born in the post-Islamic Revolutionary decades. Their presence in society is first and foremost impressive in its sheer number, composing more than 60% of Iran’s population of 75 million. This youthful group has grown up in the...

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