ATHENS – Greece’s ruling Radical Left SYRIZA is planning to tweak a citizenship bill for immigrants in a bid to win support from its coalition partner and rivals.
SYRIZA wants to make it easier for the children of immigrants to become citizens if they have attended school, speak Greek and meet other criteria, but its partner the Independent Greeks (ANEL) and the To Potami party don’t agree.
The provision would let second-generation migrants being eligible for citizenship once they have enrolled at elementary school, provided one of their parents has a residence permit.
The unspecified change is aimed at getting votes from ANEL and a tactical change to let the party vote on one article without having to back the entire bill.
Speaking to Kathimerini, sources in the Interior Ministry played down ANEL’s reluctance. “This does not mark a split but a sign rather of political maturity. The cohesion of the ruling majority is not in doubt,” one source said.
The bill is to be submitted to Parliament on June 17.