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Republicanism and the Politics of Citizenship in Germany and France: Convergence or Divergence?

GPS, Vol. 1 No. 3, (2001)

In this article it is argued that the models of German citizenship are quite dynamic and evolving. The German tradition today is more in line with the French and U.S. republican model of jus soli citizenship than the ascriptive jus sanguinis. The analysis concludes that legislation and public discourse about German citizenship politics have converged toward the French model during the 1990s. This means a normalization of the long awaited “delayed” nation in the field of citizenship politics.

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