School closed, sport and leisure forbidden, friends gone: in the Corona pandemic, young people feel that their problems are not being heard by politicians. Voices are becoming louder and louder demanding: Acknowledge young people and their needs – and give them more opportunities to get involved in the political process beyond the pandemic. After all, what does it say about a society that those feel like a marginalised group to whom the future belongs?

But why do political actors like parties find it so difficult to inspire young people to get involved? How can young commitment work on the ground? With what ideas do young people advance democracy? And what can politics and administration learn from them?

The guests at our digital lunch session on 21.04.2021, 1 p.m., will discuss these questions:

  • Christian Lindner, parliamentary group leader of the FDP in the Bundestag, joined the FDP at the age of 16. In 2000, at the age of 21, he became the youngest member of parliament in the history of North Rhine-Westphalia. He has been chairman of the FDP since 2013.

  • Marina Weisband was active in the Pirate Party from 2009 to 2015 and is now a member of the Green Party. Since 2014, she has led the youth participation programme Aula – Schule gemeinsam gestalten. She is also co-chair of D64 e.V., Centre for Digital Progress.

  • Eveline Breyer, CDU, is Mayor for Youth of the city of Ingelheim am Rhein. As a participant in the Hertie programme Youth Decides, her municipality has agreed to hand over a local political decision to young people.

Moderation: Mitri Sirin, Journalist/ZDF

Registration until 19.4, 6 p.m., at this link.

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