Germany’s government is pushing ahead with plans to ease citizenship rules in the European Union’s most populous country, an effort being attacked by the conservative opposition.
Chancellor Oiaf Scholz said in a video message on November 26 that Germany has long become the “land of hope” for many people and it is a good thing when people who have put down roots in the country decide to take up citizenship.
“Germany needs better rules for the naturalization of all these great women and men,” Scholz said.
The overhaul of citizenship rules is one of a series of modernizing reforms that Scholz’s three-party coalition of center-left Social Democrats agreed to tackle when he took office last December.
The Interior Ministry said on Friday that the draft law is “almost ready”.