Panel Discussion on European Youth Unemployment


In June 2015, Alexander Vogel, the Westerwelle Foundation’s Head of Office, was invited to speak at a panel discussion in Madrid on the issue of youth unemployment in Europe.

Westerwelle Foundation_Paneldiskussion zu Jugendarbeitslosigkeit in Madrid

Under the banner of “Youth Unemployment in Europe – the German-Spanish perspective”, a week-long conference was organised in Madrid from the 22nd to the 26th of June 2015. The conference was organised by the association Friends of Spain in collaboration with Politikon and Con Copia a Europa. Spanish and German representatives of the political and economic sector as well as representatives of civil society were invited to discuss the issue of youth unemployment and possible approaches to combat the phenomenon. The Head of Office of the Westerwelle Foundation, Alexander Vogel, was invited to discuss the core subject matter at a panel discussion during the conference. Mr. Vogel elaborated upon the foundation’s approach towards preventing and combating youth unemployment by promoting and supporting economic self-sufficiency through education, vocational training and entrepreneurship.

Transcending the European frontier, Mr. Vogel sought to draw attention to the situation of unemployed youth in developing nations, particularly with regards to the political and social ramifications such widespread unemployment causes.

In addition to Mr. Vogel, the participants at the panel discussion were representatives of the economic and political sector, such as Dr. Heinrich Bernhard Kreft, the Deputy Ambassador of the German Embassy in Spain, Ivan Sánchez Enrique the President of AIESEC in Spain, Isaac Martín-Barbero, CEO of ICEX and Enrique Barón of the European Foundation for Information Society. The keynote speaker during the panel discussion was the Westerwelle Foundation’s Young Leader Dr. Alexander Görlach, publisher and chief-editor of the debate magazine, The European.