German students increasingly unpolitical and reactionary

Published: 1 Mar 09 11:05 CET

Germany’s students are less politically-engaged and more reactionary than ever before, according to a study conducted by the University of Constance for the Ministry of Education.

More than 8,000 students at 25 colleges across the country were questioned in the poll, with that just 37 percent describing themselves as interested in politics – in 1983 the figure was 54 percent.

Fewer and fewer are describing themselves as left- or right-wing, with those who place themselves in the political centre or nowhere along the political spectrum were greater in number.

Tino Bargel, who ran the study, told Focus magazine, “Students have the impression that they cannot influence their professional career nor political decisions.”

German students increasingly unpolitical and reactionary - The Local