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German coalition agrees on limited dual citizenship, Turks demand more
by Sevgi Akarçeşme
The clause on dual citizenship conditions for Turkish citizens included in the coalition agreement reached by German center right and left parties on Wednesday fails to meet the expectations of the Turkish community despite being considered a positive step.
According to the agreement that the conservative The Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU) and Social Democratic Party (SPD) announced by Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday, the "option model" that required foreigners to choose one citizenship by the age of 23 will be abolished. The new regulation aims to provide citizenship to all foreigners who are born in Germany regardless of their country of origin or date of birth, which is a relative development compared to the previous restrictions.
However, representatives of the Turkish community in Germany have expressed their disappointment with the move as it is less than what they would like to see -- dual citizenship for all foreign residents in Germany, regardless of whether they were born in Germany or not.
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