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Numerous analysts point out an unfavorable treatment towards young people compared to the rest of the population in Spain. There is an overall feeling that there is insufficient attention being put into their precarious situation, and their problems and difficulties transcend the social debate towards the political arena. This is what opinion polls show, the vast majority of which indicate that the disaffection among young voters towards traditional parties was one of the reasons why the Government lost the absolute majority in the 2017 elections, instead of improving its position in Congress. As a result, this disaffection between young people and the political class is twofold, and it becomes an undesirable vicious circle. An example of this is, as experts indicate, the privileged position of retirees, thanks to the promise that their pensions will increase as inflation does. This contrasts with the meager growth of wages after the financial crisis of 2007. This preference of politicians to satisfy the elderly is based on the fact that they constitute a group of voters more willing to go to the polls, as well as more numerous. This has been detrimental to young people, who see how public policies hardly ever benefit them, which encourages them to be disappointed and skeptical, and explains their low participation in elections.

Therefore, this manifesto in the form of a decalogue, inspired by the Millennial Manifesto of the Adam Smith Institute, is responsible for analysing various problems that affect this segment of the population with special hardness, such as low purchasing power, difficulty in accessing housing and paying rent, obstacles to work abroad, or tax disadvantages. At the same time, it provides viable solutions, adapted to its characteristics and needs, which will also benefit the entire society. Not surprisingly, the future belongs to the young and, as such, we must take care of them.


Decalogue of videos (videos are in Spanish)

1. Young people and rent
2. How do young people pay taxes?

3. Access to housing

4. Work abroad

5. The cost of travelling

6. Shortening university degrees

7. The tax burden of Social Security for young people

8. Paying for healthcare

9. Redesign university degrees

10. The richest, not the youngest, should pay more taxes


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