Friday 28 July 2017

Joan Burton: Guarantee offers hope of tackling €150bn youth unemployment crisis

Young protesters take to the streets of Madrid to vent their frustration at the high rate of youth unemployment
Young protesters take to the streets of Madrid to vent their frustration at the high rate of youth unemployment

IN the five years since the outbreak of the financial crisis, the EU's response has largely been a fiscal one – with budgets the bottom line. I've long argued that there must also be a social response, so that the effects of the crisis on our people are lessened.

Nowhere is the need for a social response more evident than when it comes to the issue of youth unemployment.

Five years since the financial crash, 7.5 million young people aged between 15 and 24 across the EU are not in employment, education or training. They represent 12.9pc of all young Europeans.

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