Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable: Radical Generation. Young Europeans and Radical Parties

29. Apr 2017
Poznan, Poland
In recent years, we observed a process of radicalization of youth in Poland. These young Europeans support extreme movements and parties whose ideas are far removed from liberal and democratic values. If the trend is not halted, European integration will be stanched and its outcomes threatened. Now it is up to us, liberals and in particular liberal minded youth, to counter this trend.

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    At the 29th of April, the Ralf Dahrendorf Roundtable (RDR) ‘Radical Generation’ was hosted in Poznań, Poland. The event was organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF) with the support of VVD International. The topic of the RDR was youth radicalisation and their subsequent support for extremist political parties.

     

    The panel consisted of Kamran Ullah (VVD), Joanna Grabarczyk (HejtStop) and Kevin Tammearu (LYMEC) who discussed root causes of youth radicalisation and ways to engage with increasing support for extremist political parties among Europe’s newest generation. The discussion was moderated by Adam Kądziela, President of Nowoczesna’s youth movement. The audience consisted mainly of members of Nowoczesna’s youth movement.

     

    During the opening pitches and subsequent Q&A, the panel members shared their view about youth radicalisation in their respective countries and Europe as a whole. They primarily discussed those signs within society indicating youth radicalisation, why some members of our youngest generation are attracted to parties at the edges of the political spectrum and how liberals should deal with these observations.

     

    We consider the RDR ‘Radical Generation’ as having succeeded in providing an opportunity for young liberals to reflect on one of the most important aspect of the current political landscape in Europe. Not only where insights offered that are derived from multiple national contexts and backgrounds, there was also plenty of room for an informed, critical discussion which undoubtedly contributed to the understanding of the process of youth radicalisation in Europe amongst both the audience and panellist. 

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