CDU interior expert Mathias Middelberg advocates sharpening citizenship law in order to "prevent anti-Semites or racists from being naturalized in the future".
Berlin (dpa) - The coalition factions of the Union and SPD have agreed on a change in citizenship law after a report in the "Bild" newspaper.
In the future, every conviction of an anti-Semitic or racially motivated crime should lead to exclusion from naturalization. Convictions for an anti-Semitic crime below the threshold of so-called minor offenses should also be included.
The CDU interior expert Mathias Middelberg said "Bild": "This tightening of citizenship law is important in order to prevent the naturalization of anti-Semites or racists in the future." Anyone who has been convicted of an anti-Semitic, racist or xenophobic crime cannot become a German citizen .
In future, this will also apply to minor violations of the law.
The coalition wanted to draw conclusions "from the unbearable anti-Semitic riots" in May, said Middelberg.
"If the existence of the State of Israel is German raison d'être, this must in any case be recognizable in naturalization law."
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