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Podcast: Politics, youth alienation and the end of the inter-generational contract

Tomorrow, Europe goes to the polls to decide who to send to parliaments in Brussels and Strasbourg.

All of the political parties have courted young people but such is youth alienation from mainstream politics that absenteeism among the 18-30 age group is expected to be high, perhaps exceeding the 65 per cent of young people who stayed away from the voting booths in 2009.

In this podcast, Marta Medlinska, Co-ordinator of the Council of Europe – EU youth partnership programme discusses the reasons why ‘big tent’ politics struggles to hold the attention of young voters.

She also outlines how the 2008 financial crisis may have accelerated youth alienation because of its role in rupturing the inter-generational contract.


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