After anti-Semitic riots in May, the GroKo parliamentary groups want to react - with stricter naturalization rules.
You should take action in the case of minor offenses.
Berlin - The Bundestag * parliamentary groups of Angela Merkel's grand coalition agreed on a change to the naturalization law shortly before the end of the legislature - the background is apparently above all anti-Semitic riots in Germany in May. In the future, every conviction for an anti-Semitic or racially motivated crime should lead to exclusion from naturalization, as
reported on Friday.
"This tightening of citizenship law is important in order to prevent anti-Semites or racists from being naturalized in the future," said the CDU * expert Mathias Middelberg of the newspaper.
The coalition is drawing conclusions from "the unbearable anti-Semitic riots" in May, he added.
"If the existence of the State of Israel is German raison d'être, this must in any case be recognizable in naturalization law."
Naturalization: GroKo draws conclusions from incidents of anti-Semitism - dispute over deportation had preceded
According to the report, convictions for an anti-Semitic crime below the threshold of so-called minor offenses are also intended to prevent naturalization. The CDU top had argued last month over the problem of "imported anti-Semitism". Party leader and chancellor candidate Armin Laschet * had warned of excessive demands for deportation. The concern is that German citizens are also affected: "Deportation doesn't help." There are rules for all other cases.
In May there was a series of anti-Semitic attacks in Germany against the background of the recent escalation in the Middle East conflict. In addition, anti-Semitic slogans were shouted at rallies and Israel flags were lit. (
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