The European Elections and Young People - The Voting Behaviour of Young People

We are delighted to invite you to the discussion „The European Elections and Young People – The Voting Behaviour of Young People“ with Kerstin Ott, Jannik Jansen and Milad Tabesch. The event will take place on 25 May 2024 at 18:00 at the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe, Sophienstraße 28/29, 10178 Berlin.

In the European elections just a fortnight ago, the parties of the coalition government in particular suffered heavy losses compared to the last European elections. The voting behaviour of young people in particular attracted a lot of media attention. For example, the CDU and AFD received the most votes among 16 to 24-year-olds, but almost a third of the votes went to minor parties, which otherwise play virtually no role in Germany. At the same time, the Greens‘ performance among young voters was a disaster. The party lost almost two thirds of the vote here. In our debriefing of the European elections, we want to talk in particular about the voting behaviour of young people. We are very pleased to welcome Kerstin Ott, Jannik Jansen and Milad Tabesch to the Schwarzkopf-Foundation Young Europe on Tuesday, 25 June at 18:00.

Kerstin Ott is Head of the working group Youth and Politics at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung conducted a study entitled „Krisenerwachsen“, which analysed how young voters view politics, parties and society.

Jannik Jansen is a Policy Fellow at the Jacques Delors Centre. He is currently part of the perzepEU project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, in which he analyses existing policy instruments and develops new policy proposals to strengthen social cohesion in the EU.

Milad Tabesch is the founder of the Ruhrpott für Europa initiative, which aims to give young people in the Ruhr region a platform for the European elections.

Together with you and our guests, we want to discuss the following and other questions: What questions are young voters asking? Why are the AfD and CDU so popular with young people and how do young voters generally view parties? What are further explanations for the voting behaviour of young people in the European elections? What are strategies to win over young voters? To what extent does social media influence the discourse among young people? To what extent does the result reflect dissatisfaction with the federal government? To what extent does the German context differ from the rest of Europe and to what extent does it not?

We look forward to your participation. We kindly ask you to register online by 24 June 2024.

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