Dual citizenship: roughly half a million children obliged to choose a citizenship
The grand coalition has agreed upon a new bill on dual citizenship. It is planned that, under specific conditions, children of foreign parents will be exempted from the obligation to choose between the German citizenship and their parents' citizenship.
Between 2000 and 2012, roughly 9 million children were born in Germany. 460,000 of them acquired the German citizenship although their parents were foreigners. This means that about 5% of all new-born children were obliged to choose a citizenship. Pursuant to current legislation, those children will have to choose one of the two citizenships at the age of 23 years at the latest.
The envisaged bill will also affect children of foreign parents born in Germany between 1990 and 2000. According to a transitional arrangement, it has been possible for them to acquire the German citizenship afterwards upon request only. Just under 50,000 children have taken the opportunity to do so. There is thus a total of roughly half a million children in Germany obliged to choose a citizenship.
Crisis in Crimea: 31% of crude oil and natural gas are imported from Russia
The EU foreign ministers decided to impose sanctions over Russia after the questionable Crimea referendum. In a next step, economic action could follow.
As regards the key trading partners of Germany Russia ranked eleventh in 2013. The value of the goods traded amounted to 76.5 billion euros. Germany exported goods to the value of 36.1 billion euros to Russia. The main export goods were machinery (23%) and motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (21%).
Imports from the Russian Federation amounted to 40.4 billion euros. Crude oil and natural gas accounted for 72% of the imports. Thus roughly 31% of the total German crude oil and natural gas imports came from Russia.