Vote for Europe!

The next European elections take place in May 2019. How will European democracy look afterwards? Will young people feel more or even less represented in the European Parliament? The Schwarzkopf Foundation offers young people a space to actively engage with democracy. Join us at our selection of European election-related events and vote for Europe!  


Young election workers for the European elections 

In the light of the ever-increasing lack of trust in democratic institutions and a constant rise of EU-sceptic voices, we want to actively encourage young people to strengthen democracy and get involved in politics. We will provide a training for 100 young Europeans to become first-time polling officers at the upcoming European Elections. They will learn more about the political system of the European Union get practical skills to take care of a polling station during the elections in May 2019. We run the project together with Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung and Haus Rissen. Read more here. 

Election dialogues 

Leading up to the European elections, we will host “election dialogues” in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. During the events, first-time voters can approach the diverse topics and positions of the elections and have a space to discuss with one another as well as with experts in participation. Furthermore, European perspectives will be a focus of the events. Participants will develop their own political demands and strategies for working towards them in the context of the European elections. Find out more about the events in Hamburg and Essen. We run the project in cooperation with Stiftung Mercator and TUI Foundation. Read more here. 

Discussion events in Berlin 

In direct exchange with high-level politicians, journalists, scientists and artists, we offer young people the chance to experience politics up-close. Join us at Berlin-based discussion events to find out more about the European elections, exchange ideas and have your voice heard by decision makers. We invited the general secretaries of the major parties to discuss their goals in the upcoming elections: 

  • “European elections 2019: For What kind of Europe does FDP/ALDE candidate for?” with Nicola Beer, FDP (January 14th)   
  • “European elections 2019: For What kind of Europe does Die Linke /GUE-NGL candidate for?” with Jörg Schindler, Die Linke (January 16th) 
  • “European elections 2019: For What kind of Europe does Grüne/EFA candidate for?” with Michael Kellner, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen 
  • “European elections 2019: For What kind of Europe does CDU/EVP candidate for?” with Paul Ziemiak, CDU (March 14th) 
  • “European elections 2019: For What kind of Europe does SPD/S&D candidate for?” with Lars Klingbeil, SPD (April 3rd) 
  • “European elections 2019: My Europe – my future!” with Katarina Barley, SPD and Nicola Beer, FDP (March 18th) 

Read more about our events here. 

The European Youth Parliament

The European Youth Parliament (EYP) encourages young voters to make use of their voting rights on 23-26 May. EYP volunteers across the continent have organised panels and seminars with young political candidates and media campaigns giving a voice to young people. In Sweden, the EYP invited the youngest generation of EP candidates to discuss their visions for Europe with young people. EYP Germany helped organise an election-related event in a football stadium. EYP Luxemburg, Belgium, and Finland are participating in the European Youth Week in Brussels. Many EYP national member organisations support pro-vote campaigns (EYP Belgium, EYP Finland, EYP Spain and EYP Slovenia). EYP volunteers from different countries have also joined an international task force to increase voter turnout in the European elections. Read more here.

Vote for friendship

With nationalists and xenophobes on the rise, our democracy is at stake. We are at a turning point, therefore together with the Alliance 4 Europe, we stand up in solidarity and support the #vote4friendship campaign. It includes dedicated social media & webpage, promotional material & wristband, and the remake of the famous “Friends will be Friends” song by 28 European Artists. All mediums are designed to connect and mobilize non-voters to participate in the upcoming EU Election. Join the #vote4friendship campaign and help spread a connecting message across Europe!

Beyond elections 

Voting is not all you can do. At the Schwarzkopf Foundation, we campaign for Europe every day. Register for our events newsletter, meet other people and find opportunities to act together. 

For more information on the European elections visit the European Parliament website 

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