Since 2011 young people around the world have been in the vanguard of protests against authoritarian regimes, social problems and the power of big banks. The wave of protests began in Tunisia. A common theme is the feeling of being excluded and left behind in political decision-making and economic development.
Protests have erupted in much of the Arab world, Spain, Brazil, the United States and elsewhere. In the wake of the global financial crisis, many states are deep in debt and cutting spending radically. Popular anger is directed at governments, the banks and the rich: They are rescued or even continue to prosper, while ordinary people and the poor are left to struggle.