Few questions are more important for the future of the European Union than this: what do young Europeans want it to be and do? Join Ana Martins and Lucas Tse for conversations with a number of young Europeans at Oxford University who have worked to answer that crucial question. Each episode dives into a theme that has emerged from the voices of this generation: free movement, climate change, social Europe, democracy, and Europe in the world.
Brought to you by the Dahrendorf Programme at the European Studies Centre, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
Edited by Billy Craigan.
3. Climate Change
Tuesday 21 September 2021
Ana and Lucas speak today with Victoria Honsel and Reja Wyss, who co-wrote the report chapter on climate action. Both have also been young Europeans actively involved in politics. Our polls found that 58% of Europeans want the EU to be carbon neutral by 2030, with an additional 20% aiming for 2040. What measures are acceptable for managing this transition—for example, should short haul flights be banned? How do democratic regimes fare in comparison with authoritarian governments in tackling climate change? Is there a ‘Generation Greta’ that cares more about climate than older Europeans?
Ana and Lucas speak today with Luisa Melloh, who manages the project behind this series. Many things flow across borders - capital, goods, ideas - but young Europeans also assume that they themselves can move freely and with ease. One of our polls found that nearly three-quarters of Europeans agree that the EU would not be worth having without freedom of movement. At the same time, Europeans do not all benefit from this freedom in the same way. Why has free movement emerged as such a formative experience? Is its formative impact unique to this generation?
Today, Ana and Lucas speak with Dan Snow and Maeve Moynihan about who young Europeans are. This generation is not used to thinking of Europe as divided by war or wall, but it is living through a pandemic, and its shared experiences will determine the future of the European project. What makes them different from other generations? Will they make up a Generation C(ovid)? How much do they trust the EU on what matters most?