Public event

Generation Greta: From the streets to the polling station…

What does the next generation make of politics and society? What would the political agenda look like if generation “Z” had their say?
Join us for an online panel discussion hosted by the Hertie Foundation and the Hertie School. English translation will be provided for this German-speaking event.

The large scale and impact of the "Fridays for Future" movement has made it clear that many young people do not agree with the political decisions of the generation above them.
But would the political agenda and election results look different if young people could participate in the decision-making process?

In many places in Germany young people are already allowed to vote and participate in decision-making at the municipal and state level. We ask: Would it make sense to lower the voting age to 16 for the Germany’s national elections and what would the consequences be if we did?

The Hertie Foundation and the Hertie School invite you to join a digital discussion to mark the launch and publication of Generation Greta: What they think, how they feel and why the climate is just the beginning and the project launch of Jugend entscheidet, the Hertie Foundation’s new programme for innovative communities.


  • Klaus Hurrelmann, Professor of Public Health and Education and author of Generation Greta
  • Robert Habeck, Federal Chairman of the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group
  • Sven Hülskötter, former member of the youth parliament Nordwalde and member of the local council
  • Franziska Wessel, Activist "Fridays for Future"


The discussion will be moderated by Elisabeth Niejahr, Managing Director of the Hertie Foundation.

Join online

We look forward to welcoming you to this virtual event.