Der Spiegel has a great piece on the movement of young people protesting against unemployment and policies that hurt the working class and the ability for young people to move up the economic ladder. As with Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere, there is a surge happening as people who are unemployed for too long reach a breaking point and find political awareness. The Der Spiegel article looks at rising youth protests in Portugal, Spain and France. In each case, the size and growth of these protest movements is historic.
I hope these protests continue until young people in these countries are treated like a serious constituency whose demands are critical to the future strength of these European economies. I’ll be in Madrid in ten days and I want to see the protests in Puerta del Sol first hand. I hope these brave, passionate young people keep up their fight for jobs and job creation.