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German Minister Urges Reversal of Dual Citizenship Policy | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 24.04.2007
A public debate about the introduction of dual German citizenship has resurfaced after a senior Social Democratic Party (SPD) member demanded new incentives for foreigners to integrate into German society.

Ralf Stegner, interior minister in the regional state of Schleswig-Holstein, has urged conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel to rethink her position on dual citizenship, saying law-abiding foreigners should be given the chance to become German citizens while maintaining their original nationality.

"Those foreigners who are well-integrated, speak the German language and have an income of their own should be offered German citizenship," Stegner told the weekly Bild am Sonntag. "And that without the precondition of having to relinquish their original nationality first."

Latest available statistics show that in 2005 only about 110,000 foreigners applied to become German nationals -- a drop by almost 60 percent compared with the year 2000 when figures peaked in postwar Germany. At that time the previous SPD-led government made it easier for Germany's four million foreigners to become citizens of this country.

by Fran on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 12:14:04 AM EST
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Hooray for him! The dual citizenship law was made a big cultural war issue by the CDU, and they successfully blocked it.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Apr 25th, 2007 at 03:59:37 AM EST
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