Reality check: Youth unemployment in the eurozone has been stuck between 19% to 25% for the past eight years. In Spain and Greece, it’s north of 40%.
For comparison, youth unemployment in the U.S. is just below 10%.
The bleak numbers underscore the uphill battle many young Europeans face in finding jobs that match their aspirations and education.
Legions of young people have grown frustrated. Many are still living at home, while others have left their families and moved to new countries in search of work.
The trend is thought to be factor in rising populism in Europe, which now threatens to upend the political establishment. One major test will come later this month when France votes in the first round of a pivotal national election.
CNNMoney spoke with young people across Europe to understand what life is like without work:
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