Brexit has come to pass, the consequences of the financial crisis are not yet overcome, the refugee situation, and the ongoing high level of youth unemployment in some member states demand more unity than ever before from the European Union. However, the EU is in crisis and currently does not enjoy a particularly positive reputation. In light of this, the article examines the attitudes to the EU of young people and young adults from eight European countries. The focus is mainly on the issue of youth unemployment and on refugees. To conclude, the attitudes and involvement of German young people and young adults as well as factors influencing this are examined in greater detail.