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How the extreme right gained control over European youth

From Germany and France to Poland and Spain, the far right has entered the youth vote in key states in European Union elections – as a generation raised amid ongoing crises seeks new answers and follows politicians fluent in TikTok and YouTube .

Young voters, traditionally seen as more left-wing, drove the wave of support for environmental parties during the last EU elections in 2019 and were nicknamed ‘Generation Greta’ after the young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

But this year, following the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the cost of living crisis, many have shifted their support to far-right populist parties that played on their concerns, slowing their overall rise in the European Parliament polls from June 6 to 9 was fueled.

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