Tag Archives: voting rights

German Poles to Vote in Upcoming German Election

A decision by Germany’s high court means that Poles with German ancestry can now take part in September’s general election via absentee ballot. For many members of the minority group, the change is of huge symbolic importance. Previous governments in Berlin have argued that those who have never resided in Germany are not connected to […]

Turkish Diaspora: Erdogan’s Paternalism Proves Counter-Productive

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a self-styled patron of Turkish immigrants in Germany. But critics say that his aggressive diaspora policy is increasingly driving a wedge between immigrant families and mainstream society. The young woman from Melle, a town in the northern German state of Lower Saxony, was received like a guest of […]

Protests Raise Ethnic Tensions in Western Macedonia After Local Elections

Several thousand Macedonians took to the streets and jeered the country’s PM after the ethnically-mixed town of Kicevo got its first Albanian mayor in Sunday’s municipal vote. Fatmir Dehari from the ethnic Albanian Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, the junior partner in the ruling coalition, became mayor in the first round of the local elections on […]

Thousands of Scottish servicemen denied vote in independence referendum

Thousands of Scottish servicemen will be barred from taking part in the referendum on breaking up Britain next year despite special provision being made to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote. Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister, yesterday published legislation to draw up a separate and confidential electoral register for minors who will turn 16 […]

Voting rights of transnational citizens moving forward in Germany

Recent electoral reforms in Germany have facilitated voting from abroad for expatriates and spark renewed discussions on voting for third-country nationals at local level and on dual nationality. In the last three weeks the Bundestag discussed and voted reforms to the federal electoral law (Bundeswahlgesetz) that will change the rules regarding the surplus or “overhang […]

“Greece belongs to the Greeks” – but who are the Greeks that it belongs to?

In March 2011 the 4th Chamber of the State Council, responding to a claim made by a Greek citizen, has questioned the constitutionality of the local voting rights for foreigners introduced by law 3838/2010. The issue was referred to the Plenary Session in March 2011. This referral of the case to the Plenary Session came […]