This chapter analyses the Europeanization of nationality by looking at the impact on citizenship acquisition in the Netherlands. Apart from the empirical interest deriving from a close examination of developments at the European and national levels, the interest of this chapter is twofold: it aims at understanding the transformation of national citizenship as well as the domestic adaptation to European integration. These two interests will be served mainly through an analysis of changing national rules on naturalization, that is the official process by which a person is made a national of a country other than his native one. First, with regard to changing conceptions of citizenship, naturalization represents the ultimate form of inclusion of aliens in the national political community. The observation that dual nationality is increasingly accepted in Western Europe is an important part of the ‘limits of citizenship thesis’, as was stated in the Introduction, and hence a crucial case for the vitality of national citizenship.
KeywordsEuropean Union Member State European Citizenship Hague Convention Parliamentary Debate
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