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    SVP Wants Dual Citizenship for South Tyrol Residents

    SVP wants dual citizenship for South Tyrol residents

    The South Tyrolean People’s Party (SVP) has called for dual Austrian-Italian citizenship for residents of the Italian autonomous province.

    SVP MP Karl Zeller said today (Thurs) SVP MP Siegfried Brugger and he had prepared the legal pre-conditions for dual citizenship and wanted to meet Austrian MPs on the issue soon.

    He added that South Tyrol Governor Luis Durnwalder wanted to participate in discussions with Austrian parties in January or February.

    Italy has allowed its citizens to acquire dual citizenship since 2006, and many Croats living there have gained Italian citizenship since then.

    Zeller said dual citizenship would be "a visible sign of a bond with the Austrian fatherland" and "an expression of the European spirit" rather than "an expression of hostility to Italy."

    "We consider ourselves to be an Austrian minority in Italy," he said.
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    http://www.austriantimes.at/news/Gen...yrol_residents

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    Is that another attempt to extinguish the fire that is asking for re-unification for the rest of Tyrol. Because if it's about being accepted and having rights in Austria, then that's fairly useless other than for symbolic use. South Tyrolese already have a right to work and be insured in Austria, and Innsbruck University is already their collective college.

    If the idea is to give South Tyrolese even more rights within Italy that are kept on paper but aren't kept in practice then this is a half-baked thing. It gives the SVP the option to point out that South Tyrol enjoys much autonomy and that there'd be no need to gain independence. Obviously, getting away from Rome is the only option.

    Dual citizenship is a nice idea, but it should be an intermediate step on the road to re-unification, not an end in itself to appease the population and keep them "happy within Italy". South Tyrol simply doesn't belong with Italy, the question as to whether they're oppressed or pampered doesn't matter. It's not a question of treatment, it's a question of identity. Dual citizenship doesn't change much there.
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    South Tyrolean Dual Citizenship Call Labelled 'Embarrassing'

    By Lisa Chapman

    The South Tyrol Freedom Party (FPS) has labelled the South Tyrol People’s Party’s (SVP)’s call for dual Austrian-Italian citizenship for residents of the autonomous Italian province "embarrassing".

    FPS provincial deputy Ulli Mair said today (Fri) that SVP MPs Karl Zeller and Siegfried Brugger’s proposal yesterday for dual citizenship had been "embarrassing" and that the issue should be dealt with by more than one party.

    He said the SVP cannot claim to represent South Tyrol. "Such an issue should be discussed at a roundtable," Mair said.

    He added a consensus on the issue among South Tyrol’s parties was needed before an approach was made to the Austrian Parliament about dual citizenship.

    Mair also claimed the SVP’s call for a seat for a South Tyrol representative in the Austrian Parliament reflected its desire for a mandate and for money.

    Zeller had said yesterday that dual citizenship would be "a visible sign of a bond with the Austrian fatherland" and "an expression of the European spirit" rather than "an expression of hostility to Italy."

    "We consider ourselves to be an Austrian minority in Italy," he said.

    South Tyrol has 300,000 residents. The post-World War I Treaty of St. Germain gave Italy sovereignty over South Tyrol, which until then had been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
    http://www.austriantimes.at/news/Gen...mbarrassing%27

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    Not Good Enough .......

    How about full Austrian citizenship for the inhabtants of the South Tyrol and re-incorporation back into Austria.

    And maybe reparations from Rome for the past injustices.
    I don't hold my breath on this request.

    We'll be happy just getting our independence back.

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