I’ve felt a bit like that

“I don’t know if I am French or German, but all of a sudden I realize that I could become Hungarian!” That was Daniel Cohn-Bendit at a meeting of the European Greens. Technically he has a German passport, but he has lived back and forth between the two countries, and he gets elected alternately to the European Parliament on French and German lists.

His comment is facetious, but the new Hungarian constitution, which is at once a fascinating and alarming document (which I hopefully will have time to blog about), has among its provisions that ethnic Hungarians in neighboring countries should more easily get Hungarian citizenship. That in itself isn’t particularly original or different from what, say, Italian, German or Israeli citizenship laws are towards their “blood relatives” abroad.

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