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Germany wants to simplify divorce, punish racism during its EU presidency January 10, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, EU, France, Germany, Holocaust, Racism, Racist.

Justice minister to harmonize EU divorce rules, strengthen anti-discrimination laws

Berlin – German justice minister Brigitte Zypries (SPD) says that she will use the country’s six-month presidency of the European Union to make divorce between EU nationals easier and to stiffen punishment for racially motivated crimes, Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Harmonizing family law continent-wide is one of the stated goals of Germany’s presidency, Zypries told reporters Monday.

The marriage proposals are meant to make dissolving bi-national bindings less expensive and opaque.

Zypries says that prior to marrying, couples should be able to set out in a contract which country’s laws will reign in a divorce court. This will mean that, for example, an Irishman living in Amsterdam with a German man or woman could divorce in a Dutch court which would create a settlement in accordance with German marriage laws (or, if so chosen, with Irish marriage laws). Such a thing is impossible now, a fact that can make ending bi-national marriages an expensive and cumbersome proposition. Zypries plans to meet other EU countries’ justice ministers in Dresden next week to hammer out the details.

The racism proposals would stiffen crimes against foreigners and people of color, and make denying the Holocaust a crime in all EU countries (it is currently only a crime in Switzerland and in some EU countries – Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia).

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Theberlinpaper.com

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