In Germany, it's the older generations who decide the government. Thirty percent of the electorate is above the age of 60, the under-30s represent just 15 percent.
Germany's demographic shift is increasingly benefiting older voters. The last election marked the first time that more than half of the electorate was over the age of 50.
But it's not just demographic developments that give young voters a smaller share at the polls. Young people have had lower voter participation than older voters since 1953.
The SPD, and the opposition Greens and the Left party have all spoken out in favor of lowering the voting age to 16.
Author Wolfgang Gründinger says he'd go a step further, introducing voting rights for children and teens. "Every young person should have the right to vote as soon as they want to. Most would probably start exercising that right from the age of 12 or 13. But in principle, there should not be age limit for young people – there's no age limit for old people either."
See the complete article "German election: Free and fair for young voters?" on: http://www.dw.com/en/german-election-free-and-fair-for-young-voters/a-40387045
Source: Deutsche Welle
Posted by: Katrin Schauer