The Young Liberals
(, JuLis), are a political youth organization in Germany
. It is the financially and organisationally independent youth wing of the Free Democratic Party
(FDP). The JuLis have about 11,500 members, making it the third largest youth organisation in Germany.
The current policy statement of the JuLis was passed in 2008. It is a revision of the policy statement of 1994, and is called "Humanistic Liberalism - thought for the future". It focuses on the market economy
and civil liberties
, being supplemented by the democratic resolutions of regular congresses.
The political objectives of the JuLis mostly aim to the same general objectives as the FDP, however they often differ in details. The Young Liberals advocate civil liberties, sociopolitics and an ecologically sustainable social market economy
. The JuLis focus on political freedom
, self-responsibility, equal opportunity
and reducing the state's influence to its core competences such as its monopoly of power, the prevention from economic and ensuring nobody has to live below the subsistence level.
The Young Liberals often perceive themselves as the policy making stimulus of the FDP and try to propose innovations into the party, sometimes succeeding e.g. in the FDP's decision to challenge the abandonment of the German compulsory military service, to support of the concept of an ecologically-sustanable social market economy, and replacement of existing social welfare
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