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European leaders tried new way to win votes. They used rap to get young people to vote for them. More and more young people are losing interest in elections. number of young people who vote has gone down in past ten years. number was 87 per cent but in last election, it was just 65 per cent. Younger politicians made group called EU40. They said rap would get their message across to young Europeans. They took part in " freestyle hip-hop battle" on April 9th in European Parliament. It was called "Battle For Your Vote". organizers said: " aim is getting young voters interested in European politics and thus increasing young people's votes at upcoming elections."

European elections are in May. Europeans must choose 751 new politicians. BBC reported on how battle started. It wrote: "MEPs [Members of European Parliament] were given microphone for minute to try and drum up some pre-election support. conservative European People's Party tried to appeal to young crowd by saying, 'If you like money, vote for the EPP'. And then battle commenced." The politicians made short raps about many topics. topics that were most popular were youth unemployment and immigration. Each rapper told audience what they would do about these problems. They used short, rhyming sentences instead of usual long speeches.

 


 
 

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