The publication presents the results of an in-depth analysis of the attitudes of young Europeans from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia towards the European Union. The study is based on a representative opinion poll of respondents aged 15-24 years, commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung in cooperation with the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA, Warsaw), giving young people the opportunity to share their views on the current state of the European integration process and its key challenges and questions.
Responding to the crisis of European integration, the significant majority of youth opt for staying in the EU and working to reform it. Exit, or leaving the EU, is an option supported by relatively small minorities across the board. Support for a reformed EU is rooted in the sense of the benefits it brings to both young people and their countries.
The study, however, also demonstrates a strong ambiguity in the respondents' views on societal trends and values, such as democracy, multiculturalism or globalization. The single most challenging issue, and the one where pluralities and (in the case of the Visegrad group) large majorities demonstrate attitudes clearly diverging from both the EU's positions and values, is immigration.