Redefining the nation state

  • 1998-10-22
  • Paul Goble
WASHINGTON - Plans by Germany's new governing coalition to modify that country's naturalization laws to make it easier for immigrants to apply for citizenship seem certain to have an effect on such legislation in other countries as well. The Social Democrats and their Green allies announced last week plans to scrap the country's current legislation that defines Germany as the land of the Germans and introduce new laws that will make it a land of immigration as well.Specifically, the coalition plans to eliminate most of the provisions of the 1949 statute, itself based on a 1913 law, that all...
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