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Germany: Merkel's party backs tougher rules on dual citizens

  • German Chancellor and Chairwomen of the CDU, Angela Merkel, holds an voting ticket during a party conference of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Essen, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a new two-year term as leader of Germany's main conservative party after she won 89.5 percent of delegates' votes at a party congress. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    German Chancellor and Chairwomen of the CDU, Angela Merkel, holds an voting ticket during a party conference of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Essen, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a new two-year term as leader of Germany's main conservative party after she won 89.5 percent of delegates' votes at a party congress. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel watches the party members from the podium at the general party conference of the Christian Democratic Union, CDU,in Essen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Merkel has won a new term as the leader of Germany's main conservative party after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year's huge migrant influx and advocating a partial ban on face-covering veils. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel watches the party members from the podium at the general party conference of the Christian Democratic Union, CDU,in Essen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Merkel has won a new term as the leader of Germany's main conservative party after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year's huge migrant influx and advocating a partial ban on face-covering veils. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

  • German chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and party secretary Peter Tauber vote at the general party conference of the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, in Essen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Merkel has won a new term as the leader of Germany's main conservative party after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year's huge migrant influx and advocating a partial ban on face-covering veils. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    German chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and party secretary Peter Tauber vote at the general party conference of the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, in Essen, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Merkel has won a new term as the leader of Germany's main conservative party after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year's huge migrant influx and advocating a partial ban on face-covering veils. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

Delegates from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party have voted in favor of scrapping rules that allow the children of immigrants to be dual citizens.

Until two years ago, German-born children of immigrants had to pick one nationality between ages 18 to 23 — a rule largely affecting Germany's Turkish community. Merkel's current center-left coalition partners insisted on dropping the requirement as part of their price for entering the government after Germany's 2013 election.

That has never been popular with Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union. On Wednesday, delegates at a convention in Essen narrowly backed a motion from the party's youth wing that advocated returning to the old system.

The CDU's chances of achieving that look poor, however, as potential coalition partners after next year's election are highly unlikely to agree.