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Back to the Future

03.03.2017

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The past few days have been all about Carnival in Slovenia. Carnival celebrations in various parts of the country seem to grow livelier and more expressive every year. But Carnival is not just a party: costumes are also a way for people to comment, in an uninhibited manner, on various aspects of the life of our society. Things we would often prefer not to hear.

The young people who attended yesterday's encounter with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who is currently on a two-day visit to Slovenia, were similarly uninhibited and direct. The central theme of the discussion was how to turn trends in the EU in a positive direction. As was to be expected, young people's biggest concerns include (precarious) employment, migrations and the openness of Slovenia. They were also interested in hearing the Commission President's opinion on Brexit, the legalisation of cannabis in the EU, LGBT rights and the inclusion of persons with disabilities in politics.

Without youth and its energy, European, Slovenian or indeed any society – would collapse. That is why young people must be given the opportunity to contribute to a vision of the society we all live in and direct us back to our future.


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