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The Jonge Democraten (in English: Young Democrats) is the largest political youth organization in The Netherlands, with currently over 6000 members. Although politically independent, JD is affiliated with the social-liberal party D66 and was founded in 1984. Core values of JD include liberty, equality, sustainability and pragmatism. Furthermore, JD promotes the idea of a radical democratisation of Dutch society, intergenerational solidarity, European federalism and a sustainable economic development.
JD has a national board, consisting of six full-time members, and ten regional branches centred around large or university cities. The branches each organise weekly meetings. Internationally, JD is an active member of LYMEC and IFLRY. Its international teams focus on a range of topics, from Latin America to the developments in the Middle East and North Africa.