Germany allows teenagers aged 16 to 17 to vote in the European elections, a first for this country

Germany allows teenagers aged 16 to 17 to vote in the European elections, a first for this country
Germany allows teenagers aged 16 to 17 to vote in the European elections, a first for this country

For the first time, Germany will allow teenagers aged 16 and 17 to vote in the European elections on June 9. It is one of the rare countries on the old continent to do so to the greatest satisfaction of those concerned.

“I can’t wait to vote,” said Marie in a very enthusiastic tone. “It’s still funny,” Laura continues. These first year students in the bilingual classes at the Einstein Gymnasium in Kehl, a small German town bordering the French city of Strasbourg, are respectively 16 and 17 years old.

Like all other voters, these teenagers have started to receive electoral materials and they are discussing politics and society in class. “We first discussed the European elections, how we vote, and then we talked about the local elections,” said Julie.

It should be noted that the municipal elections will take place on the same day as the European elections, elections in which young people aged 16 and 17 can take part since 2014 in this Land.

The local hook is a good way to arouse young people’s interest in politics, said Christina Combrouze, who teaches this course to this target group.

In Marie’s opinion, it is legitimate to allow young people aged 16-17 to vote. “Still, it’s our future,” “and it’s now that we need to act on certain issues like the environment,” says Emma.

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