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Young Socialists in the SPD Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Socialists_in_the_SPD

Working Group of Young Socialists in the SPD
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Jungsozialistinnen und Jungsozialisten in der SPD
ChairpersonJessica Rosenthal
Founded1918
1946 (refounded)
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Membershipover 70000 (2021)
IdeologyDemocratic socialism
Social democracy
Feminism
Internationalism[1]
Anti-capitalism[2]
Mother partySocial Democratic Party of Germany
International affiliationInternational Union of Socialist Youth
European affiliationYoung European Socialists
Websitejusos.de

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.[3]

Juso-flags on a demonstration in Colonge

Membership[edit]

Every member of the SPD who is aged between 14 and 35 years old is automatically enrolled in the Jusos.[4] 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.

History[edit]

1918–1969[edit]

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.

After the end of World War II, the Jusos were reestablished in 1946. In their early years, they were a relatively indistinctive wing of the Social Democratic Party.

Move to the left in 1969[edit]

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.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.jusos.de
  2. ^ "Kühnert liegt voll auf Juso-Linie".
  3. ^ "Jusos in der SPD – Über uns". 2021-06-11. Archived from the original on 2021-06-11. Retrieved 2021-11-13.
  4. ^ "Über uns". www.jusos.de (in German). Retrieved 2020-04-03.