Neither cool nor Heiib: Europe's youth dicked by politics

The current life situation of the majority has deteriorated. Nevertheless, many are also worried about climate change. Symbol image: tumisu on pixabay / public domain

Tui foundation introduces youth study: the life situation of most has worsened in the backward year. Lowest sympathy for merkel in greece

Young people in europe long long for a juvenile to normal, but flavored to suffer from the consequences of the corona pandemic for more long time. Each second described his current recovery state in a recent survey as rather negative, as "tired", "unsure", "annoyed" or "stressed". This is a central result of the funken youth study "young europe", which was presented on wednesday by the tui foundation. The opinion research institute yougov had in april for the study 6.253 persons at the age of 16 to 26 interviewed. These came from several european countries, including germany, france, greece and poland.

Uniform is not the image resulting from the survey. But it is a clear trend to recognize: for a majority of 52 percent of young people has worsened the life situation. Ten percent against them, who performed in the pandemic an improvement of their lives. Near every third explained, everything had remained as before. For many, the pandemic brought material disadvantages: lost in greece and poland – compared to the other european countries in the survey – most young people their workplace. 14 percent of respondents stated that in both countries.

Another 44 percent gave in greece, while keeping the job, but still suffered financial pits. In contrast, germans and british have been largely spared: almost two-thirds in these countries, not to have suffered the work nor financial pubes suffered.

Standstill as a load

The standstill of public lives were found many as stressful: no longer going to be able to walk in restaurants and businesses to wear a static mask, found nearly three quarters of respondents as "very stressful". No longer make a club sport or can barely see friends, was less burdened only slightly less. "The young europeans and europe have experienced many restrictions, at school, studying, sports and meetings in the circle of friends. At the same time, their basic mood and motivation is positive", said thomas ellerbeck, chairman of the board of trustees of the tui foundation. He refers to the answers of the young people to the question of whether they look more optimistic or pessimistic in the future. Overall, 64 percent showed optimistic – in greece, it was even three of four respondents.

Next to the "health protection" cultivated young people other topics, for example economic policy or "migration and asylum". But with distance in the first place ranks: environmental and climate protection. In germany and great britain, the topic is particularly prussently, during spain and greece does not pay the three top themes. Europe-wide gave 44 percent of respondents, environmental and climate protection should be given priority before economic growth. While this is not the majority – but only a much smaller minority of 14 percent of the economy has a clear priority. A total of 42 percent answered "part / part" or "wiem not / no specification".

Overall, however, the political interest of young people is limited. About a third is interested "strong" until "very strong" for that – an almost as rough part but only "less strong" or "not at all".

Exact democracy not queried

The political disinterest is partly the dissatisfaction with democracy as a form of government. The latter finds at 57 percent approval; and positive freedom of expression is also seen in democracy, at the same time the half of the respondents of corruption and the misconduct of politicians. In france and poland, young people are particularly skeptical when it comes to democracy as a state form: less than 50 percent, they hold there for the best conceivable state form. However, in this context, it was not discussed to what extent the respondents perceive their respective government as democratically – or whether they have very different ideas of democracy and co-determination.

That only decisions are hit slowly, is also scared from almost half of the respondents. About a third says, decisions were not made for the benefit of all. In all countries a majority of young people think, politicians were no contact for the population and are not around the "simple people" to take care of.

Against this background, marcus splitter, research associate in the democracy department and democratization at the science center berlin for social research (wzb), lenses the view of austria. Splitter has been scientifically accompanied by the youth study and he believes that the lowering of the electoral should help 16 years – as in austria. In science, you now go out: who already wahle with 16 years, whose likelihood is high to participate in future elections.

In the end, the tui foundation wanted that the young europeans and europe of the german chancellor angela merkel (cdu) exhibited a political loss certificate. On the question of how satisfied one is generally with the work of the federal chancellor, only in germany was satisfied with her satisfied with her. It did not matter to most. The slightest approval was received – who is surprised? – in greece, which has suffered several years under savings from eu and imf and whose adult population could perceive partly the german chancellor as a driving force of this policy. There only 23 percent of young people gave to protocol, merkel made their work "rather good" or "very good".

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