Speed Reading — Level 2 — 200 wpm 

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European leaders tried using rap to win votes. They want young people to vote for them. More young people are losing interest in elections. The number of young people who vote is going down. It was 87 per cent ten years ago but in the last election, it was just 65 per cent. Younger politicians made a group called EU40. They said rap would get their message across. They took part in "a freestyle hip-hop battle" called the "Battle For Your Vote". The aim was to get "young voters interested in European politics and thus increasing young people's votes at the upcoming elections".

Europeans must choose 751 new politicians in next month's elections. The BBC reported on the battle. It said Members of the European Parliament had the microphone for a minute to try and get some support. A conservative party tried to interest the young people by saying: "If you like money, vote for the EPP". The politicians made short raps about many topics. The topics that were most popular were youth unemployment and immigration. Each rapper said what they would do about these problems. They all used short, rhyming sentences instead of the usual long speeches.

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