Young Socialists in the SPD
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|Working Group of Young Socialists in the SPD|
Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Jungsozialistinnen und Jungsozialisten in der SPD
|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 voluntary youth organisation of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).
Currently, there are over 70,000 people listed as members of the Jusos.
Every member of the SPD who is younger than 35 is automatically a member of the Jusos.  Since 1994, people under 35 have also been able to be just a member of the Jusos. Until 2011 this membership was free, but ended after a two 2-year period. Nowadays it is possible to be a member until you reach your 35th birthday. However, there is now a membership fee of 1 Euro per month.
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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 stayed insignificant, with between 3,000 and 5,000 members. They were dissolved in 1931 as a result of an internal controversy.
Turning left in 1969
In 1969 the Jusos turned left. On their Bundeskongress (Federal Congress) they decided to become a left political federation instead of being simply the obedient youth section of the party. Since then, the Jusos have seen themselves as a socialist and feminist association within the SPD.
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