The EU is spoiled for choice when it comes to crises. From the influx of refugees arriving in numbers unseen since the Second World War, to the continent-wide collapse of trust in mainstream political parties, to sky-high youth unemployment rates and looming public debt mountains, there is no lack of challenges facing the 28-member bloc. These are issues that affect all Europeans, but young Europeans often disproportionately affected and, perhaps because of this, feel most disenfranchised by European politics.
On 22 October 2015, our partner think-tank Friends of Europe is holding their annual ‘State of Europe‘ high-level roundtable, bringing together senior policymakers, civil society representatives, and business leaders to discuss the future direction of the continent. To coincide with the event, we put video questions from youth organisations representing students and young people from across Europe to a panel of three politicians.
Responding to these questions were Maria Stratigaki, Vice Mayor of Athens for Social Solidarity; Marietje Schaake, a Member of the European Parliament for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE); László Andor, former European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
So, what do you think at home? Did you agree, or disagree? How can Europe stem the refugee crisis? How can it tackle youth unemployment? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!