At the start of the year that marks the Euro­pean elec­tions Chris­tine Hüb­n­er and Jan Eich­horn inform politi­cians about how young peo­ple in Ger­many look at Europe and the EU. 

d|part’s study is based on sec­ondary data analy­sis of the atti­tudes of young peo­ple aged 15 to 35. It shows that the EU is impor­tant for the major­i­ty of young Ger­mans. Young peo­ple think of the EU pri­mar­i­ly as some­thing use­ful. They hope that the EU will guar­an­tee eco­nom­ic oppor­tu­ni­ties, peace and open bor­ders into the future. 

Many young peo­ple in Ger­many recog­nise that they ben­e­fit from the EU in terms of oppor­tu­ni­ties for trav­el and liv­ing abroad. In con­trast, a dis­tinct Euro­pean iden­ti­ty is less impor­tant to young Germans.

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