Citizenship Blog

About the Blog Our Citizenship Blog invites contributions and comments on recent policy reforms, court judgments or public debates related to citizenship status and access to voting rights, in one or several countries covered by the EUDO CITIZENSHIP Observatory. Our Read More …

Statelessness, Proportionality and Access to (EU) Citizenship

In the European Union (EU) the issue of citizenship can be brought to the supranational level because the citizenship of EU Member States is also EU citizenship. This provides certain opportunities for engaging the norms and principles of EU law, such as the principle of proportionality. However, ethnic and other nationalisms undermine the application of the principle of proportionality as regards access to and loss of citizenship.

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Who gets Cherokee citizenship has long been a struggle between the tribe and the US government

A recent decision by the Cherokee Nation’s Supreme Court struck down a law that freedmen – descendants of people enslaved by Cherokees in the 18th and 19th centuries – cannot hold elective tribal office. The ruling is the latest development of a long struggle between the Cherokee Nation and the federal government over which has the power to determine who should be considered a tribal citizen, and which culture’s values should be most important in that determination.

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