Recent union

Gründungsdatum: 17. - 21. January 1947
establishment place: King stone in the Taunus
of chairmen: Philipp of measurement fields
deputies: Marcus small,
Dr. Nadine Pallas,
Johannes Pöttering,
André pride
treasurer: Daniel roll ago
managing director:
George mildness
number of members: 128.561
(conditions: February 2006)
Party arrangement: 18 regional organizations
address: Island road 1b
10179 Berlin
E-Mail address:

The boy union (short: JU) is the youth and new generation organization of CDU and CSU.

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the JU are as apron organization of their nut/mother parties their political goals within the youth to spread as well as the interests of the recent generation within the party structures to represent. Differently than other political youth organizations as for instance the Jusos or the boys liberalsthe JU is dependent on their nut/mother party and rather strategic work-shows than engine by program. Diversities of opinion with the nut/mother parties were in the last years rather rare. It defines itself in its basic policy statement as liberal, conservative as well as progressive organization. It appoints itself to that Christian people picture. The JU professes itself to the democracy and to the free-market economy. It uses itself in addition for the European agreement as well as for a reliable transatlantic partnership in the context of NATO. Within the union the boy union stands for a consistent reform course. This becomesin particular at the demands of the new generation organization within the range of the social security systems clearly. Differently than the CDU the JU is less socially aligned.

political points of view

the boy union uses itself for more generation justice. The pension and the nursing care insurance are by the conversionon a capital covering procedure to be made demographiefest. By changes in the tariff and industrial law the JU more work and training places for young people wants to create. The military service is to be converted their opinion after into a Dienstpflicht. Study fees are endorsed by it, likewise a interspersable right to private copiesfor the owners of originals. The JU uses itself furthermore for the establishment of a center against driving out in Berlin .

With regard to foreign policy the JU professes itself to the German-American friendship and partnership. Thus it supported the course of the USA in the Iraq war 2003. For this it had thoseCampaign „Saddam disarm! “ initiates. It rejects a full membership of Turkey in the European union and endorses instead the concept of a privileged partnership.



(conditions: in each case to 31.12.)


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establishment and first years (1945-1949)

after the Second World War basedyoung members of the Christian democratic groupings as agency of the youth the JU, developed decentralized. Were at the beginning of above all former war participants, who together-found themselves in university towns to working groups. At the first Germany meeting of 17. to 21. January 1947 in king stone in the Taunus was created the Federal association.The JU aimed at like the nut/mother parties combining Christians of both denominations within a political organization. Although with their second Germany meeting in Berlin also representatives from East Germany participated, the JU placed 1948 in the Soviet zone of occupation its work due to the substantial pursuit and Gängelung of theirMembers. As consequence of the using cold war the JU remained one on West Germany limited youth organization. In March 1950 the JU with resolutions “the first common program gave itself „the peppering citizen. In it it took among other things to purchase to the Christianity as basisfor the renewal of the mental and cultural life and the reunification of Germany within its historical borders demanded. In addition it endorsed the introduction of the personality right to vote. In the European politics the JU expressed itself already early for a union of the European states. It represented this demand underother one since 1948 at several meetings of the youth section of the Nouvelles Équipes international (NEI). On the establishment Party Congress the federation CDU 1950 in Goslar recognized these on the JU in their statute as independent agency of the youth within the party. In the following year gave oneselfthe JU their first own statute.

the JU in the era Adenauer and „the spirit of Hamm “(1949-1982)

during the 1950er and 1960er years demanded the JU again and again a reform of the party machinery of the CDU and CSU, remained however duringchancellor shanks Konrad Adenauer and Ludwig a Erhard's to a large extent state-carrying party youth. There were not larger conflicts with the nut/mother parties.

This changed, after due to the federalpolitical change of power 1969 CDU and CSU were referred into the opposition. On the Germany day it came to 1969 in Hamma substantial innerverbandlichen criticism at the past course. Starting from this time also its numbers of members rose continuously, since above all young people, who the 68er - movement to work against wanted, the JU followed.

The 1970er years became on different levels an reform-oriented decade for the JU. It renewedby program, which in 1973 said good-bye, “settled new basic policy statement „for an human society. Main topics herein were among other things the democratic state and the open society, the education as future-oriented social policy as well as the policy for the peace.

After the JU itself tointo the late 1960er years against it and still 1965 the requirement raised to speak also for the youth suppressed in the GDR opened it had expressed 1972 for contacts with communist youth organizations like the FDJ. 1980 struck JU-Federal leaders Matthias the pointing man at that time eventhe creation of German-German juvenilia forwards, which should serve the youth exchange.

In the debate around the east politics the JU took however at the beginning of the 1970er years a varying position. Thus 1970 a calm resolution became to recognize the or Neisse border Poland two years later as far as possible againtaken back. With the Verabschiedung of an environmental protection basic policy statement 1973 the JU tried to form itself also in this politics field.

Also structurally there were important reforms to the 1970er years. The JU oriented itself away from a bare regenerating and to a genuine youth organization of CDU and CSU. After for example before the membership between that 16. and 40. Lebensjahr was possible, decided the Germany day of the JU 1971 the age under and upper limit on 14 and/or 35 years to lower. Individual regional organizations had already done this to end of the 1960er years. Became a little later to 2. June 1972 country widely the pupils union (CSU) based, in order to interest pupils in a later cooperation in the JU. To read off the strong change, which the JU experienced within this decade, leaves itself also at the strongly rising numbers of members, itself up to the end that 1970er years doubled.

the JU in the era Kohl (1982-1998)

the 1980er years was coined/shaped at the beginning by the debate around the NATO double resolution. This endorsed the JU and led in many places special debates with young people. In addition, the topic ecology was further, alsowithin the JU, above on the agenda. Thus the compatibility of ecology and economics stood in the center of the discussion on the Germany day 1983. With the reactor disaster of Tschernobyl 1986 within the JU a debate over reactor safety was released. In the same year the building of the Wall had its25. Anniversary.1987 took place a state visit Erich of Honecker in the Federal Republic . The JU used both events, in order to condemn the injury of the human rights in the GDR and to demand the outline of the wall.

The eve of the wall case 1989 was based with the Christian democratic youth(CDJ) again a free Christian democratic oriented group of young humans in the GDR. Already before the reunification of the two German states the CDJ followed 1990 in Leipzig of the JU on the Germany day.

reform-oriented reorientation after the era Kohl (1998-heute)

afterthe lost election to the Bundestag 1998 Hildegard Mueller successor of Klaus became E as a Federal leader, it followed 2002 Philipp of measurement fields. Measurement fields continued of his two predecessors course begun of the reform-oriented and free market reorientation of the youth organization.

2003 activated measurement fields a health-political debate, as itsuggested reducing for the improvement of the financial basis of the health system individual achievements for older humans purposefully. For example artificial hip joints, so measurement fields, could be financed for humans over 85 years in the future no more from the general health insurance. This expression provided in particular with seniors for indignation,but led also in the own party to controversies. The expressions led to a broad discussion across a futurable financing of the health system.

The Federal Administration officiating at present became on the Germany day in Oldenburg to 22. October 2004 selected. Measurement fields one red-elect after two-year term of office. It could gain with a result of 85,91% about 5% in relation to its last choice.

The federation rejects a political co-operation with extremists from right just like from left. The chairman of the circle federation Nordvorpommern had to withdraw, because he because of its „the author people “- speech from the CDU excluded Martin high man had invited. The invitation was afterwards taken back. Left youth federations accused the JU in the connection of this and to other cases a demarcation lacking to the right-wing extremism. The JU-regional organization „Saxonia & Niederschlesien “came into the criticism, because it a memorandum to nation oblivion andValue culture in Germany in times of the crisis discharged, in which it demanded among other things a stabilization „of the national identity “.

internal structure

of members of the JU Regional organizations< /br> at 31.5.2004

Baden-Wuerttemberg 11,000 </br> Bavaria 33,053 </br> Berlin 2,482 </br> Brandenburg 541 </br> Braunschweig 740 </br> Bremen 471 </br> Hamburg 1,583 </br> Hessen 10,883 </br> Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania 602 </br> Lower Saxony (Hanover) 7,062 </br> North Rhine-Westphalia 34,516 </br> Oldenburg 2,003 </br> Rhineland-Palatinate 8,419 </br> Saarland 6,383 </br> Saxonia & Niederschlesien 1,080 </br> Saxonia-Anhalt 730 </br> Schleswig-Holstein 5,096 </br> Thuringia 1,791 </br>

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knows members member between that 14. and that 35. Lebensjahr become. Whereby function carriers, also beyond the age limit, separate only with the end of their term of office from the JU. A simultaneous membership in the CDU or the CSU is not necessary. In response to itmembers of the nut/mother parties, which are younger than 35 years old, are also not automatic member of the JU.


the boy union of Germany is divided similarly to the CDU/CSU into 18 regional organizations, which are subdivided again in district, circle and local and/or city federations. In 3 regional organizations (Braunschweig, Hanover and Oldenburg ) exist to Lower Saxony. They form the common regional organization Lower Saxony, arise however in each case in relation to the Federal association of the boys union independently. Largest circle federation is the JU circle federation barks also over 2.600 members. The second largest circle federation (>) Circle federation Soest comes of to 1,500 members likewise North Rhine-Westphalia with the JU. The member-strongest regional organizations are Bavaria and Nordrhein-Westfalen, where the JU approx. in each case. 33,000 members has.


the organs of the JU on federal level are the Germany day, the Germany advice, the Federal Administration and the federal arbitral tribunal.In addition there are topic tables of federal specialized committees.

The Germany day is the highest committee of the JU. It is comparable with a Party Congress. To it 240 selected delegated ones of the regional organizations belong as well as the members of the Federal Administration and the Germany advice of the JU. It meets at least once a year. Everythingthe Germany day selects two years the members of the Federal Administration.

The Germany advice decides between the Germany days on fundamental political questions. It consists of 42 delegated the regional organizations, union to the Federal Administration as well as the Federal leader of the pupils .

The Federal Administration settles the daily political work. It existsfrom the Federal leader, its four deputies, the treasurer as well as thirteen assessors. In addition the Federal Administration selects a Federal business manager, who belongs to this with advisory voice. The office of the Federal leader served usually also as career jump board, there with the exception of Klaus E all past Federal leaders more or lessmade successfully career in the party.

The federal arbitral tribunal decides with disputes over the application or interpretation of the statute of the JU. In addition it serves as appeal against right decisions in individual regional organizations, if the national statutes plan this. It sits down from one chairman, four assessors as well as fiveDeputies together. The chairman of the arbitral tribunal as well as two the assessor must possess the capability to the justiceship. A choice is forbidden JU-members, which delegated and/or member of the Germany daily, the Germany advice or the Federal Administration are, in the federal arbitral tribunal.

subsidiary organizations

membership in federations

thoseJU is member in the ring of political youth. Likewise it is into the Youth OF the European People's party (YEPP), the youth organization of the Christian-democratic and conservative European people's party (EVP).


the official member magazine of the JU is the decision. Function carriers receive itfree of charge. Individual regional organizations have in addition own member magazines, like e.g. the JU Hessen the lion muzzle, the JU Rhineland-Palatinate the “Black”, the JU North-Rhine/Westphalia the BISS35, the JU Baden-Wuerttemberg the human society, the JU Lower Saxony the Streitross or the JU Bavaria the BaJUwaren.The edition strength usually corresponds to the member strength, whereby many magazines appear quartalsweise.


  • Christoph bore (Hrsg.): Youth moves politics. The boy union of Germany 1947 to 1987, sine publishing house, Krefeld 1988 (series of publications joint responsibility, volume 5) ISBN 3-88289-305-2 [Hrsg. in co-operation with thatRecent union of Germany]
  • Claus Peter Grotz: The boy union. Structure - function - development of the youth organization of CDU and CSU since 1969, angel, Kehl at the Rhine/Strasbourg 1983 ISBN 3-88357-031-1
  • Wolfgang Hackel: The selection of the political new generation in the Federal Republic of Germany. The boy union as jump boardfor political careers in the CDU, publishing house Bonn current, Stuttgart 1978 (studies to the policy, volume 2) ISBN 3-87959-098-2
  • Brigitte Kaff (Hrsg.): Recent union 1945-1950. Youth politics in the Soviet occupied zone, Herder, Freiburg/Basel/Vienna 2003 ISBN 3-451-20442-8
  • Wolfgang R. Crab: Party youth in Germany. Recent union,Young socialist and young democrat 1945 - 1980, West German publishing house, Wiesbaden 2002 ISBN 3-531-13842-1
  • Mike Schmeitzner/Wolfgang Marcus: In the shade of the FDJ. The “boy union” in Saxonia 1945-1950, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2004, ISBN 3899712013



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