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Citizenship and the European Union. ZEI Discussion Papers: 2000, C 63

Meehan, Elizabeth (2000) Citizenship and the European Union. ZEI Discussion Papers: 2000, C 63. [Discussion Paper]

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    Introduction. The idea and practice of European citizenship is relevant in two main ways to the recent controversy in Germany over plans by the governing Social-Democratic Party to reform citizenship law. One of these is that the concepts of citizenship and nationality continue to be thought of as synonymous in Germany but are now relatively distinct, both linguistically and politically, in several other national regimes and in the European Union (EU). Secondly, on the one hand, new German provisions will be more similar than before to the nationality laws of other member states by introducing a right [as opposed to a discretionary possibility] to citizenship through residence and legal naturalization, as well as ancestry. But, on the other, the decision on 16 March 1999 to abandon the possibility of dual citizenship [or, in my language, nationality] means that, in this respect, the German approach to citizenship now runs counter to suggestions made by some specialists about the EU as a site of democratic practice. This paper will open with a brief discussion of the distinctiveness of citizenship and nationality. This is necessary so that one can understand the following section outlining EU provisions. In conclusion, this paper will discuss some of the arguments about the prospects for EU citizenship, with special reference to loosening the overlap between the legal label of national identity and the normative practice of citizenship.

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    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > European citizenship
    Countries > Germany
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > University of Bonn, Center for European Integration Studies > ZEI Discussion Papers
    Depositing User: Peter Zervakis
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2003
    Page Range: p. 22
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:14

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