Green Youth (Germany)
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|Spokesperson||Ricarda Lang and Max Lucks|
Green politics |
|Mother party||Bündnis 90/Die Grünen|
|European affiliation||Federation of Young European Greens (fyeg)|
|Website||German: Grüne Jugend, or GJ) is the youth organisation linked to Bündnis 90/Die Grünen.|
The Grüne Jugend was founded on 16 January 1994, as an independent association with the name Grün-Alternatives Jugendbündnis (abbreviated: GAJB).
Before 1994 there were several state-based associations, such as the Grüne Jugend Hessen, which had been founded in the spring of 1991. It used and still uses a frog as its logo. In the same spring the Grün-Alternative Jugend Baden-Württemberg was founded. Parallel to these state-based organisations was the federal Bundesjugendkontaktstelle (Abbreviated: BUJUKS), a loose network of young members and sympathisers of Die Grünen.
After several years of debate, a federal green youth organisation was founded, in which the state-based organisations and the BUJUKS all merged. In 2001, the GJ became an integral part of the Die Grünen and lost its independent status.
The GRÜNE JUGEND is a Basisgruppe within Alliance 90/The Greens (German: Bündnis 90/Die Grünen or Grüne). It has about 7,100 members. Some of these are members of state-based organisations, while others are direct members of the federal organisation. Membership of the youth organisation currently represents about 15% of the membership of the main party. Membership of the organisation ends in the year one becomes 28-years-old.
The highest organ of the party is the federal congress, in which all members can participate and vote. It elects the board with two speakers, the editors of the party-magazine, SPUNK and the board of arbitration. There is a strict rule that the board should have an equal number of men and women and that the two speakers are of different genders. This is to ensure equal treatment. In the months that the federal congress does not meet a federal council, consisting out of two members per state-based organisations, meets. There are also several thematic fora, which work on specific themes (Europe, Democracy, Drugs, Equal treatment).