As war continues to rage in Ukraine, a new survey has found nearly two-thirds of young people in Europe fear the conflict will spill over into the EU.
More than 60% of respondents believe that EU countries should spend more on their army, and almost half support the creation of an EU army. While a majority does not want EU countries to take military action in Ukraine if it risks a nuclear conflict with Russia, there is a sizeable minority, at 44%, who would support this course of action.
As EU leaders continue to debate new sanctions and possible bans on Russian energy imports, more than three-quarters of respondents said they support strong economic sanctions against Russia , while three-quarters of those who expressed an opinion said the EU should speed up the transition. to renewable energies to reduce our dependence on energy from outside the EU.
The findings are contained in a report entitled Builders of progress: Europe’s next generation “The war in Ukraine through the eyes of youth”, led by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies and ThinkYoung. Between March 25 and April 7, the survey questioned 7,367 young Europeans aged 18 to 38 from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Poland and Romania .
Commenting on the results, Laszlo Andor, Secretary General of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, said:
“As Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues and the outcome of the war remains uncertain, the lives of millions of Ukrainians have been permanently affected. Our policy brief from FEPS explores the opinions of young European citizens who have not experienced the war firsthand and reveals their deep concerns that the war in Ukraine could spread to the rest of Europe. It also shows that young Europeans want the European Union to provide strong humanitarian and military support to Ukraine and that large segments of the young population in Europe are ready to welcome and support refugees from the region in conflict.
“The war in Ukraine is a tragedy of immense proportions. Our report reveals that young people are aware of the threat this war poses to the values they hold dear and underlines that they expect their governments to respond accordingly. They want the EU to stand up and play a bigger role on the world stage. We hope that European leaders will take the initiative and deliver meaningful results that meet the high expectations of Europe’s younger generations,” said ThinkYoung founder Andrea Gerosa.
Other key findings of the report include:
- 74% of young Europeans think the EU should take in more Ukrainian refugees.
- 70% want more money to be sent to help Ukrainian refugees enter and settle in Europe safely.
- Almost 60% of young people were in favor of European countries uniting and cooperating more, with the feeling being strongest in Romania, Poland and Spain.
Download the full report here: https://www.thinkyoung.eu/ukraine