European Elections are over! Bump! An event we were looking forward to for four month. Now it is over and nothing has changed. The turnout was quite low as usual. The campaigns were quite national as usual and there are no real surprises about the election turnout. Boring could you now think…
But especially these facts that are as usual, make me thinking and wanting to do something against it. In fact before the election I did nothing, but blogging in German and English. Did that help to motivate young people to vote?
In my opinion these elections are a sign that European culture has changed. Politics is only for a few young people still interesting. We have to try to make it understandable and “sexy” for the upcoming generations.
But is that the meaning of the European politics or do we perhaps need a completely new system? Should we try to personalize our elections more as the American Elections? Is voting for parties still suitable in our time or would it better fit to pick an issue of the Greens and another topic of the EPPs? Create your own profile of politics?
Anyway there is one encouraging outcome of the elections. For the Greens, 3 people younger than 30 years will go to the European Parliament. One of them is Jan Philipp Albrecht (I introduced him in my blogs). With his party he got 12 percent, what is a good turnout for the Greens in Germany. Albrecht said: “That is a big success fort he young Greens. 3 people younger than 30 are in the European Parliament. The Greens are therefore the only party that takes Europe’s future seriously.”
However, I don’t know if I was able to make more young Europeans attentive to the European Elections. But in any way I enjoyed blogging and I was more watching news from the European perspective.