German to in the future lose their citizenship if they fight for a terrorist militia “Islamic state” (IS). A prerequisite for Expatriation, however, is that the person Concerned has at least one other nationality.

Because Germany does not dismiss anyone in statelessness. A corresponding draft law, the Federal Cabinet adopted on Wednesday. “This is primarily a deterrent signal areas for would-be emigrants in IS -, IS-supporters,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

The new law is not retroactive. That is, for alleged IS members who are already in Syria or in Iraq in captivity, this changes nothing. According to information from the Federal government, 104 adults were from Germany travels were at the end of March, in the IS-field, in captivity. 66 of them were thus retained in Syria. Of the 104 alleged IS supporters of the Ministry are, according to the interior 74 of the German nationals – including 25 dual nationality.

From the Change affected in the terrorist fighters who are already abroad, and after the entry into force of the law to fight actions to participate could be. For minors, the new rules should not apply to the Seiberts information.

What is true for German, the join without the consent of the German defense Ministry to volunteer for a foreign army, will now also apply to people who fight voluntarily for a terrorist militia. In the draft law, a terrorist is defined militia as “a para-militarily organized armed Association, the aim of which is to eliminate in a manner contrary to international law, the structures of a foreign state by force and to build in place these structures of a new state or state-like structures”.

fall Which organizations are in this category, to be decided from case to case, said a spokesman for the interior Ministry. The decisive factor for the deprivation of nationality, the participation of the person Concerned in the fighting anyway.

the UK and Australia had adopted such changes in the law a long time ago – and also brought to the application. In the Union, some domestic politicians are angry now, that it has in this country taken up to an agreement for so long. The then Union group, Vice Thomas Strobl (CDU), have proposed this early in the year 2014, the coalition partner SPD does not have agreed to the however, on several occasions. “For many of the currently relevant IS fighters we come therefore now, unfortunately, too late,” said the CDU-interior politicians Armin Schuster, the German press Agency. As a Signal for the future of the new law was nevertheless correct.

The migration policy spokesperson of the Greens group in the Bundestag, Filiz Polat, disagreed. She said: “The loss of nationality as a supposedly security policy Instrument, is pure show-window policy.” To get rid of rather than to be a German citizen, to ensure the Federal government better, that IS-the trailer would be made in Germany before the court. FDP parliamentary group Deputy Stephan Thomae, warned the coalition of “the dangerous path of the enemy met with on the right enter”. This kind of “symbolic politics” to bring more of Germany in solving the problems with the Germans IS-returnees.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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