40 % of voters in the European elections were under 35, which was 13 % more than in 2014. This follows a general trend towards more political and societal engagement of young people, apparent for example during the “Fridays for Future” movement. Gearing campaign efforts increasingly towards first-time and young voters also might have had an effect. Building on this promising development, what are current topics to get their attention and further spark their interest? What can be done to engage (with) young Europeans on public policy issues?

Wietse Van Ransbeeck is the co-founder and CEO of Citizen Lab, Belgium

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