Jun 18, 2018

Youth in revolt: Young Europeans propel populist tide

Supporters of Italy's 5 Star Movement take part in a rally to celebrate the country's new government. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

"Struggling to find jobs, and often living at home, younger generations are propelling antiestablishment parties to new heights of power" — Wall Street Journal's Eric Sylvers (subscription).

The big picture: There's "a feeling across much of the Western world that the younger generation will struggle to surpass their parents in wealth and security."

  • "Western Europe’s largest antiestablishment government came to power earlier this month, driven largely by young Italian voters. Struggling with a persistent lack of job prospects over the past decade, they voted in droves for ... the 5 Star Movement and the League, an anti-immigration party."
  • "About half of Italians age 25 to 34 live with their parents."
  • Why it matters: "The same pattern appears across southern Europe, and the forces behind the divide show few signs of slowing."
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