Youth & Politics

How young people in Belarus have become the drivers of the protests

Politics 19-11-2020

For more than 100 days, Belarusian pro-democracy protesters have been rallying in the streets against President Alexander Lukashenko, following rigged national elections and violence against peaceful demonstrators. While some older people, particularly women, have also taken to the streets, young people have been at the forefront of the protests.

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Politics 26-11-2020

The Great Burnout: exhausting our health, workers and our planet

Why do we work so much? Beyond the 40-hour working week, around a tenth of employees in OECD countries routinely work 50 hours or more each week. In some European countries, people are even working longer hours than a decade...
Politics 17-11-2020

COVID-19: Europe’s youth call on politicians to stop looking for scapegoats

Europe’s youth have called on EU leaders to stop putting the blame on them for the second wave of the pandemic.
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Politics 16-11-2020

The hidden health crisis: the dramatic impact of COVID-19 on young people’s mental health

Over half of young people across the globe are showing signs of depression and anxiety since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This is according to a survey of over 12,500 young people in 112 countries conducted by the European Youth Forum...
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Digital 10-11-2020

European Vocational Skills Week: jobs for the future through VET

Today, the green and digital transitions are reshaping our way of life, work and interactions – and the COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically accelerated most of these changes. Nicolas Schmit is the European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights. The impact...
Politics 09-11-2020

Don’t let Europe’s youth become a new lost generation, youth organisations urge

As Europe's economy is shrinking due to the COVID-19 pandemic, youth unemployment has been on the rise. If policymakers do not use the current crisis to invest in young people and create a more just and sustainable society, Europe's youth will become a new lost generation, Carina Autengruber told EURACTIV.
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Politics 06-11-2020

Let’s stop playing the Covid-19 generation blame game

As if dealing with a pandemic wasn’t enough, from the very outbreak of Covid-19, institutions, political leaders, social and traditional media alike seem to have used the pandemic to pit one generation against the other. Young people are being depicted...
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Politics 26-10-2020

A call for quality! Why we must improve the Youth Guarantee

The 2008 financial and economic crisis is still a vivid memory for many of us. With fewer jobs and opportunities available, a whole generation of young people found themselves facing an uncertain future. Years later, the profound and lasting impact...
Politics 22-10-2020

EU lawmakers call for measures to close digital gap in education deepened by COVID-19

EU lawmakers called on the member states on Thursday (22 October) to increase efforts to close the digital gap in education across the bloc, which has been deepened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Politics 16-10-2020

Erasmus celebrated worldwide as MEPs push for more funding

As Europe celebrates its flagship educational mobility programme, lawmakers in the European Parliament are fighting to increase the budget for what is widely regarded as one of the EU's greatest achievements.
Politics 12-10-2020

European Parliament calls for ban on unpaid internships

With youth unemployment on the rise across the EU, and aggravated further by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, EU lawmakers called upon the European Commission and member states last week to increase their support for young people in precarious working conditions.
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Politics 08-10-2020

COVID recovery: no generation left behind

European COVID recovery plans must address youth unemployment and wellbeing if they are to avoid the mistakes of the previous crisis. The European Youth Forum is the platform organisation advocating for youth rights in Europe. Dr Justa Hopma, 34, started...
Politics 18-09-2020

For the benefit of youth – for the benefit of inclusion

Funding for Erasmus + should not be sacrificed as the EU gears up for its massive spending plan to combat the economic damage caused by Covid-19, writes Florian Sanden.
Economy & Jobs 22-05-2020

Helping disengaged young people in times of pandemic

A European-wide project was supporting young disengaged when the COVID-19 outbreak started. EURACTIV has spoken to the organizers about how they adapted to challenging circumstances. 
Economy & Jobs 17-04-2020

Erasmus students in limbo about losing grants from COVID lockdown

Some 65% of the students who are in Erasmus exchange programmes but subject to confinement measures do not yet know if they will keep or return the grant that was disbursed for their studies, while 7% said they will not get any, according to a report by the Erasmus Students Network (ESN).
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2019

To promote social cohesion, conflicts need to be part of the debate

Community and belonging - what do these terms mean in an increasingly diverse and identity-focused world? At the Young Europeans' Forum 2019 that took place in Berlin in June, young people discussed what makes a good society and how social cohesion can be promoted at an individual level. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 12-04-2019

A manifesto for post-populism in Bulgaria and Europe

Bulgarians will be able to cast their vote for a new pro-European and pro-reform force in the European elections: ‘Way to the young’, led by London-based lawyer Rumen Cholakov, who contributed this op-ed exclusively to EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 08-04-2019

Time to make French industry young again, suggests French education official

Gabriel Attal, the secretary of state at France's ministry of education, expounds on two of his favourite topics: developing the relationship between schools and SMEs and facilitating patronage. An interview with Gabriel Attal by EURACTIV France’s media partner La Tribune.
Economy & Jobs 12-03-2019

Supporting sports to boost gender equality

Getting to better know your body, having healthier habits, gaining confidence… sports can be a tool for education for children, but also to enhance gender equality. Through its Erasmus + programme, the EU has been funding initiatives that aim at supporting inclusiveness, and integration in athletics events, including gender equality.
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Why Europe Matters: Youth Speak Up
Politics 30-04-2018

Youth speak up for a better quality education, jobs and a safer Europe

Why Europe Matters is a joint initiative by JA Europe and ERT based on a combination of innovation workshops and a survey exploring young Europeans’ views about Europe and the EU, their education and employment, and their hopes and expectations for the future.
Future EU 18-04-2018

Inspiring new forms of debate to boost participatory democracy in Europe

The new president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Luca Jahier, intends to promote a new culture of dialogue around sustainable development, culture, peace and youth, in order to bring citizens closer to the European project.
Elections 16-03-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Smells like teen spirit

Getting young people out to vote has frustrated national politicians across Europe for a generation.
Brexit 16-03-2018

‘We don’t want Brexit to be the flat burger’, campaign says

Brexit has been compared to many things, but the idea of being sold a big juicy burger and ending up with a flat, badly made one is a novelty.
Brexit 07-03-2018

Never mind ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, Brexit must not be brutal on youth

Never mind ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, an Italian MEP has warned against a ‘brutal’ Brexit.
Elections 19-01-2018

Set voting age at 16 to renew EU, says Davos report

The voting age for next year’s European elections should be lowered to 16 as part of a suite of reforms to revitalise the European project.

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