The “Lost Generation” was the generation that came of age during World War I. The term was popularized by Ernest Hemingway, who used it in one of is novel. The “Lost Generation” depict the youth that were born during the wrong period, and that saw their hopes destroyed.
In May 2015 , a study by the European Commission painted a bleak picture of the Croatian Youth
A study by the European Commission paints a bleak picture of the Croatian youth
“Young Croats (aged 16-25) are disgusted with politics, prefer autocracy and dictatorship to democracy, consider that those who have more money should have more rights, glorifies the last war and are intolerant towards minorities” – reveals the Croatian Publication Jutarnji List, by analyzing the findings of a MyPlace survey *, conducted by the European Commission in 14 European countries.
The Study highlight the fact that the young Croats are particularly tolerant to the use of violence, concerning job protection of the minorities
“This survey [aimed to analyze the political values of youth in a context of a totalitarian and populist push in Europe] is worrying, because the attitude of the young Croats merely reflects a widespread trend in Europe” warns the Daily Zagreb.
“However, estimates Jutarnji List, the survey results should be interpreted in the context of the reaction of young Croatians face a very effective democratic system and the dysfunction of the state.”
Indeed the study found that the young Croats are particularly discouraged and very negative when it comes to policy, political participation, and more important , they don’t trust the National Institutions. Croatia is according to the survey place among the four European Countries in which young people are “extremely uninterested in politics”, and are among the last as well in percentage of trust in national institutions. More alarmingly , 90% of the responders concluded that politicians have no interests in their age groups.
For the Slobodna Dalmacija, “it is too easy to blame young people: their parents’ generation, which benefited from good economic conditions and consolidated its privileges, left no perspective to their children.”
The Situation in Croatia is today a paradox , while the former War Generation longed for the days to go to stores to buy Oreos cookies and Coca Cola, more than 63% of the Young Croats today, according to this survey, would favor the importations of foreign products in Croation in order to protect Domestic Production.