Youth & Politics

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.
Future EU 12-09-2016

Restoring a Europe built on values for its youth

EXCLUSIVE / The Brexit vote has highlighted the need to restore the values that founded Europe in order to combat the rise of nationalism, populism and anti-European sentiment, writes Jacques Delors.
Brexit 18-08-2016

Brexit: The lost generation

Research conducted after the Brexit vote has tended to highlight a generation gap, with young people failing to turn out on voting day and feeling let down by the older ones. The research was later contradicted but if there is such a gap, what is the solution? asks Melanie Sully.

Mr Timmermans, blaming young people will not encourage them to engage in politics

Democracy is broken, but when leaders like Frans Timmermans blame people who do not participate in a system they view as outdated and obsolete, they only help create a generation of disillusioned young people, writes Joahnna Nyman on International Youth Day.
Development Policy 19-11-2014

New global development plan risks failure if it ignores young people

In 2015 – the European Year for Development – it is our responsibility as European politicians to make sure that the European Union and all EU member states ensure that gender equality, the rights of young people - especially girls - are central to discussions that will craft the new global agenda, write Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (EPP, Finland) and Marie Arena MEP (S&D, Belgium).
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EU Priorities 2020 14-05-2014

Europe’s youth ready to make their voices heard!

More than 5,000 young European came together last weekend in Strasbourg to discuss participation in the next EU elections, and issues important to youth, such as unemployment, education and the future of Europe. An event that top EU officials declined to attend.
Climate change 13-12-2013

European youth trapped in a continuous cycle of climate and economic crisis

The future of Europe is uncertain in the face of global climate change, and the risks of socio-economic instability this will bring. In order for European institutions to uphold their moral responsibility to represent what matters to young people, they must make the political choices to build a low carbon European economy, write Louisa Casson and Camilla Born.

Political rhetoric is not enough to save a lost generation in Europe

Young people must be given a fair share of the budget of the European Union as they have the right to real investments, not just nice words. The proposed budgets for youth programmes are not enough, writes Peter Matjaši?.

Youth Guarantee: A good start but not the whole picture

Youth unemployment is still seen as a national problem and a responsibility for the member states. This is also the problem of the EU's proposed youth guarantee scheme which will be discussed by the social affairs ministers on Thursday (28 February), argue Ska Keller and Terry Reintke.

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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.