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"From the Ted Talk by Ivan Krastev: Can democracy exist without trust?"

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For the last 30 years, political scientists have observed that there is a constant decline in electoral turnout, and the people who are least interested to vote are the pelpoe whom you expect are going to gain most out of voting. I mean the ueoypnelmd, the under-privileged. And this is a major issue. Because especially now with the economic crisis, you can see that the trust in piiolcts, that the trust in democratic institutions, was really dtseeoyrd. According to the latest survey being done by the European Commission, 89 percent of the citizens of Europe believe that there is a growing gap between the opiionn of the policy-makers and the opinion of the pibulc. Only 18 pceenrt of Italians and 15 percent of Greeks believe that their vote matters. Basically people start to usdtnarend that they can change governments, but they cannot change policies.

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For the last 30 years, political scientists have observed that there is a constant decline in electoral turnout, and the people who are least interested to vote are the ______ whom you expect are going to gain most out of voting. I mean the __________, the under-privileged. And this is a major issue. Because especially now with the economic crisis, you can see that the trust in ________, that the trust in democratic institutions, was really _________. According to the latest survey being done by the European Commission, 89 percent of the citizens of Europe believe that there is a growing gap between the _______ of the policy-makers and the opinion of the ______. Only 18 _______ of Italians and 15 percent of Greeks believe that their vote matters. Basically people start to __________ that they can change governments, but they cannot change policies.

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For the last 30 years, political scientists have observed that there is a constant decline in electoral turnout, and the people who are least interested to vote are the people whom you expect are going to gain most out of voting. I mean the unemployed, the under-privileged. And this is a major issue. Because especially now with the economic crisis, you can see that the trust in politics, that the trust in democratic institutions, was really destroyed. According to the latest survey being done by the European Commission, 89 percent of the citizens of Europe believe that there is a growing gap between the opinion of the policy-makers and the opinion of the public. Only 18 percent of Italians and 15 percent of Greeks believe that their vote matters. Basically people start to understand that they can change governments, but they cannot change policies.

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