Global economic, informational and migratory flows cause the nation state to seem increasingly outdated. Yet individual rights are still best protected through national citizenship, argues historian Dieter Gosewinkel. In the course of the twentieth century, ethnic and discriminatory forms of citizenship gave way to an inclusive concept that is worth preserving today.
Dieter Gosewinkel is leader of the Center for Global Constitutionalism at the Berlin Social Science Centre (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung). His book Schutz und Freiheit? Staatsbürgerschaft in Europa im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert (Protection and freedom? National citizenship in Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries) was published by Suhrkamp Verlag, Berlin, in 2016.