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Three states present draft law for dual citizenship

DDP/DPA/The Local · 26 Mar 2010, 11:55

Published: 26 Mar 2010 11:55 GMT+01:00

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Current law, which forces such children to choose between German citizenship and the citizenship of their parents before they turn 23, is “inexpedient and destructive,” Berlin’s Interior Minister Ehrhart Körting said.

He warned that making the choice could lead to “difficult conflicts” and called for an end to the rule.

“For many of those affected, the requirement to choose between German citizenship and foreign citizenship seems like they must give up a part of their identity and cut of ties to their family heritage,” Körting said, adding that European Union law already allows for dual citizenship.

The three states governed by centre-left coalitions presenting the draft to the Bundesrat, which represents Germany's 16 states, said there was no evidence that dual citizenship threatened integration.

But Hessian Justice Minister Jörg-Uwe Hahn disagreed, saying there was no solid argument for changing the rule and citing a recent meeting of state integration ministers who decided against working toward dual citizenship.

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And with Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition of conservative Christian Democrats and pro-business Free Democrats holding a thin majority in the upper house, the proposal will have a difficult time gaining serious political traction.

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13:27 March 26, 2010 by gtappend
Two words: at last!
15:12 March 26, 2010 by scout1067
It would be nice if this goes somewhere, then my son won't have to make the choice. Somehow I think this will die in parliament though.
16:22 March 26, 2010 by freechoice
Time to move to Berlin!
17:21 March 26, 2010 by peschvogel
This will die in Parliment. Think of all the taxes the government would be loosing out if people were allowed to return to their native homeland.
17:27 March 26, 2010 by onemark
Germany needs to permit multiple citizenship, not just dual citizenship.
18:26 March 26, 2010 by Shiny Flu
The optimist in me thinks this is great if it goes through and then maybe the stuffy krauts wont be so defensive about the idea of sole citizenship, so that when the time comes (am on PR now) I wont have to choose between Aus and DE.

The realist in me says... 'yeah right'.
18:48 March 26, 2010 by peschvogel
if Germans and Germany would have their way, they would build "der mauer" or "wall" around its borders from Poland, Czech, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands to Denmark. This way, you are either in or out and they can count their future tax revenues.

This is no brainer. No dual citizenship will be allowed because revenue would leave the country. Population matters now. Not passports. Germany clearly made this case last month when they lost english signs at the train stations and roads. Its a no brainer that this law will die in Parliment immediately. NWO will rule here.
00:38 March 27, 2010 by vonSchwerin
"But Hessian Justice Minister Jörg-Uwe Hahn disagreed, saying there was no solid argument for changing the rule"

No solid argument? Is he kidding? How about this? In this era of globalization, multiple identities, and labor migration, it's unfair to force a person who literally lives between two countries not to have equal rights where he/she lives. This is the 21st century, not the era of blood-based citizenship à la the law of 1913.

PS: Germany needs to make itself more attractive for immigrants. Sorry, but it's true. Someone is going to have to fund that giant welfare state in 30+ years. Without a whole bunch more "Kinder," Germany better get a whole bunch more "Inder."
17:05 March 27, 2010 by peschvogel
I think this was shot down in Parliment this week, correct?
20:38 March 28, 2010 by dbert4

Time to rain of your "disinformation parade". NEITHER Germany nor the US allow "naturalized" dual citizenship. This is all so easy to verify, remember GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND!

Under German law, a person may not have more than one citizenship unless he/she was born with both, as described in paragraphs 2 and 3 above. Thus, German law requires an American who becomes a German citizen through the Einbürgerung process (see paragraph 5 in the section entitled, "Basic Primer on German Citizenship Law") to formally renounce his/her American citizenship, and a German who becomes an American citizen (see paragraph 5 in the section entitled, "Basic Primer on American Citizenship Law") to give up his/her German citizenship.

23:42 March 28, 2010 by peschvogel
And if they were born with 2 citizenships, they must renounce one of them before their 23rd birthday, correct?
05:11 March 29, 2010 by peschvogel
Seems like The rest of Europe is making Germany to "force" decisions. For example, greece, Turkey, soon Spain & Portugal. Germany would give up a city just to be like Switzerland.
06:48 March 31, 2010 by peschvogel

Germans were never serious about integration. Thats why their race is dying off...
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