German Greens want easier citizenship process for Jews, descendants

Germany’s opposition Green Party, second in opinion polls to Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives, want to make it easier for Jews who fled the Nazi regime and their descendants to become German citizens.

This is according to a report published on Monday.

German Jews who left the country under the Third Reich and took on a new nationality have no claim to return to Germany, newspaper Die Welt said.

“In the view of German authorities, these individuals were not expatriated, but rather renounced their German passport to take on a new citizenship.’’

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Filiz Polat, the Greens’ spokeswoman for migration and integration policy, told Die Welt that this loophole is completely unacceptable.

“The Greens have put forward legislation that is due to be presented to parliament when sessions resume after the summer break.

“The bill proposes that Germany’s Nationality Act be amended to include claims to naturalisation that relate to cases of injustices committed by the Nazis.’’

According to the Greens, a second option will be for the authorities to interpret current regulations more broadly. (dpa/NAN)

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