Last week TUI Foundation has presented the results of its European Youth Study 2018 in Berlin. The results show: Pro-European views have increased versus 2017 level in all countries surveyed. If the countries were to hold a national referendum about EU membership today, 71 per cent of the respondents would vote to stay, up from only 61 per cent in 2017. In Germany, even 80 per cent of young people would vote against an exit (in 2017: 69 per cent). “These figures show that Europe is making a comeback among young people. Brexit has shaken thinks up. We now talk about strengths, opportunities and achievements again. In a world that is in turmoil in many places, where national isolation rather than cooperation is being promoted, Europe is taking on a new shape. We are having real debates again that strengthen positive attitudes towards the EU”, said Thomas Ellerbeck, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of TUI Foundation.
7 to 23 per cent have populist attitudes
For the first time, this year’s study also measured populist tendencies among young Europeans. It included 15 questions relating, for instance, to anti-elitism (“People like myself have no influence on the government”), popular sovereignty (“The people should have the final say in all important decisions”), and the concept of people as a unity (“All ordinary people pull together”). The results show that the proportion of young people with populist attitudes ranges from seven per cent in Germany to 23 per cent in Poland.