Cli­mate protests, prob­lems with digi­ti­sa­tion in gov­ern­ment and edu­ca­tion and, last but not least, the COVID-19 pan­dem­ic — young peo­ple in Ger­many have had plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ty for upset with the gov­ern­ment late­ly. How do young peo­ple in Ger­many look at the gov­ern­ment and what do they expect from the state? What do the under-35 year olds pri­ori­tise that old­er peo­ple, in con­trast, tend not to have on their radars?

Togeth­er with the Friedrich Ebert Foun­da­tion (FES) and in the run-up to the 2021 fed­er­al elec­tion in Ger­many, we took a clos­er look at how young peo­ple in Ger­many view the role of the state and the pri­or­i­ties they set for pub­lic ser­vices in the coun­try. Based on rep­re­sen­ta­tive data from 634 16- to 35-year olds from across Ger­many, the report looks at young people’s pri­or­i­ties around hous­ing, cli­mate change, wel­fare and pub­lic ser­vices, as well as who young peo­ple iden­ti­fy with and want pol­i­tics to pay more atten­tion to.