Strangers in A Strange Jurisdiction

Sarap Karagöz won't be voting for Gerhard Schröder's SPD or Edmund Stoiber's CSU in the big election this week. If she were allowed to vote — which she isn't — she'd go for the free-market FDP. Karagöz, 37, was born in Turkey but easily qualifies for German citizenship under reforms that took effect in 2000. But there's a catch: she'd have to give up her Turkish passport, which she refuses to do.

Faruk Sen, who runs the University of Essen's Center for Turkish Studies, says only 25% of Germany's roughly 1.6 million eligible Turks have gone deutsch. Karagöz...

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