Youth & Politics

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Politics 30-09-2021

Time for fresh ideas: give young voices the chance to shape Europe!

“Young people must be able to shape Europe's future.” Only a few weeks ago, President von der Leyen stood in front of the European Parliament and stated her ambition that young people will help lead the debate in the Conference on the Future of Europe.
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Politics 22-09-2021

Invest in youth! Young people call for sustainable fiscal policy

Europe’s youth faces tougher challenges than previous generations. But while they persistently pay the price for economic crises, we know that it doesn’t have to be this way. As EU Finance Ministers open the debate on budget rules, it’s time...
Politics 20-07-2021

Bring the Erasmus Generation to the Conference on the Future of Europe

The Erasmus Generation has mostly remained behind the scenes within NGOs, multinationals, and public administration. It is time for them to take on more political responsibilities and use their hands-on understanding of Europe, writes João Pinto.
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Economy & Jobs 16-07-2021

We are struggling to get out of bed, but we still demand a seat at the table

While the coronavirus pandemic has left a scar on an entire generation of young people’s mental health; a youth-led political simulation game has exposed the failure of governments to support its young people. Rebecca Gaff is a Project Assistant at...
Politics 15-07-2021

The Brief, powered by Greens/EFA – It’s the youth, stupid

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easier. Fish are jumping and although COVID is high, and a nasty variant too, it's not yet at everyone's doors, at least for the time being.
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Politics 17-06-2021

Has Covid-19 left a ‘pandemic scar’ on young people?

The end is in sight. Restrictions are lifting and slowly but surely, we’re starting to feel ‘normal’ again. Across Europe and beyond, offices are starting to reopen, empty classrooms have welcomed back students, and spending time with family and friends...
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Politics 08-06-2021

What we can learn from the 2021 Youth Progress Index

They are vastly underrepresented in decision making, much more likely to face a future of economic and environmental insecurity, and already enduring declining mental health. Yet, young people make up a significant part of the global population: in 2019, there...
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Politics 28-05-2021

Erasmus after Brexit: what comes next for British young people?

The shock announcement at the end of 2020 that the UK will be leaving the Erasmus+ Programme sparked disbelief and disappointment on both sides of the Channel.  After a chaotic year with disruption to education, jobs and wellbeing in the...
Europe's East 10-02-2021

The Brief, powered by GSMA – Listen to Europe’s youth, see far

Raising awareness of a critical issue too early may prove to be counterproductive, either because short-sighted politicians focus on short-term interests or because they simply do not see what is coming up.
Politics 04-02-2021

The Brief, powered by Facebook – A tribute to COVID’s biggest victims

Everybody’s lifestyles have suffered because of the COVID pandemic, but clearly, the biggest victims are the young people. This is a tribute to them.
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Politics 07-12-2020

We must protect our civic space so that we can keep our human rights

From health to employment to education, Covid-19 has brought additional challenges regarding access to and enjoyment of human rights. As December 10, International Human Rights Day, draws closer, it’s time to reflect on the state of civic space in Europe,...
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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...
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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 & Media 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...
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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...
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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.
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 12-09-2017

Future of Europe: 10 tips for the old continent from its youth

Young Europeans do not need short-term, tokenistic initiatives but long lasting and sustainable solutions that make a real impact, and these need to be developed with input from Europe's youth, who have the potential to be the driving force of its future, writes Anna Widegren.

Four tips from peacebuilders on working with young people to transform violent extremism

If violent extremist groups recognise the power and potential of young people, why don’t those combatting them? Rachel Walsh Taza, Lakshitha Saji Prelis and Fien De Baere from the organisation Search for Common Ground lay out four tips to help young people avoid violence.
Future EU 23-03-2017

An EU Youth Strategy that actually makes a difference

“Young people are the future!” - isn’t that a no-brainer! When meeting politicians, we often find them paying lip service to this mantra. But if you tell someone that they are the future, doesn’t it simply mean you are putting them off, Luis Alvarado asks.

Economy & Jobs 21-03-2017

Homelessness and housing exclusion have reached crisis levels in EU

With rising homelessness and housing deprivation across the European Union, now, more than ever, is the time for the Juncker Commission to bridge the disconnect with its most vulnerable citizens, writes Chloé Serme-Morin.
Development Policy 09-12-2016

UN Resolution 2250: A game changer for EU on peace and security?

Today's young generation of 1.8 billion people are having their efforts ignored or going unrecognised, write World Vision and several other NGOs.

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The European Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society and improve their lives by representing their interests towards the European Institutions, the Council of Europe, the United Nations, and other partners active in the youth field. The European Youth Forum is the platform organisation advocating for youth rights in Europe. It is made up of over 100 National Youth Councils and international youth NGOs from across Europe.