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|Working Group of Young Socialists in the SPD|
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Jungsozialistinnen und Jungsozialisten in der SPD
|Membership||over 70000 (2021)|
|Mother party||Social Democratic Party of Germany|
|International affiliation||International Union of Socialist Youth|
|European affiliation||Young European Socialists|
Working Group of Young Socialists in the SPD (German: Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Jungsozialistinnen und Jungsozialisten in der SPD, Jusos) is a volunteer youth organization of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).
As of 2021, there are over 70,000 official Juso members.
Every member of the SPD who is aged between 14 and 35 years old is automatically enrolled in the Jusos. Since 1994, people in that age group have been able to become a Juso member without party membership. Until 2011 membership was free, but ended after a two 2-year period. There is now a membership fee of €1 per month. It is only possible to be a member of the Jusos until you reach your 35th birthday.
The Jusos were founded between 1918 and 1920, when groups of members of the SPD between 20 and 25 years of age began to meet. In terms of numbers, the Jusos remained small, with between 3,000 and 5,000 members. They were dissolved in 1931 as a result of an internal controversy.
In 1969, the Jusos moved to the left of their parent party. On their Bundeskongress (Federal Congress) they decided to become a left-wing political federation in their own right instead of being simply an extension of the SPD. Since then, the Jusos have seen themselves as a socialist and feminist association within the SPD.
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