October 30th, 2011
04:16 PM GMT
As world leaders prepare to gather in Cannes this week for the annual G20 summit, a generation of young people are being left out in the cold, forced to fend for themselves in the wake of the economic crisis.
Youth unemployment rates are at a record high: In Spain, it is at a staggering 44%. In Italy it's 28% while France does slightly better at 21%.
Even in Germany - the economic powerhouse of the Eurozone - youth unemployment is at 8%.
But has anyone really taken the time to hear how this generation of young people are doing?
Not really. At least I don't think so. That's why CNN's Diana Magnay and I will be embarking on a road trip around Europe to hear from young people and find out what their frustrations and fears really are.
On Monday, I'll be heading to Berlin to join Diana on the first leg of our epic journey, which will take us through Germany, Italy, France and Spain.
One of the things that makes this road trip so different is that we'll be organizing mini 'town hall meetings' in each city via social media.
We'll be reaching out via iReport, Twitter and Facebook to try and connect with some of you and share your stories on CNN.
At each stop on our journey we hope to have at least a few of you gathered with us to discuss how you feel about your European leaders, the economic crisis and the future - yours, and that of the continent as a whole.
We'll be sharing your views each and every day next week on CNN International on shows like Connect the World, Quest Means Business and World Business Today.
The key though is YOU!
We need you to reach out to us, and to make that trip into town to meet us. We promise there will be some coffee and snacks for you too!
Here's our schedule, if we can manage the mammoth drive.
Tuesday November 1: Munich, Germany
Wednesday November 2: Milan, Italy
Thursday November 3: Marseille, France
Friday November 4: Barcelona, Spain.
If you live in any of these cities and want to come and meet up with us, please send me an e-mail at Phil.Han@cnn.com or reach out to me via Twitter @PhilHanCNN.
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