The photo was taken on a flight from Germany to Spain at the end of last week. We’d previously been to our local government offices in Kronberg to collect our certificates of German nationality. Ruth and I are now dual-nationality: German and British. Normally, if you apply for German nationality, you have to give up your previous nationality, but they make an exception for citizens having nationality from another EU state. At the moment, anyway.
The woman who gave us our certificates told us they had had a letter recently stating that in future they may be asked to retain British passports (specifically “British” – no mention of other nationalities). She didn’t know why; maybe concerns about the possibility of the Brits holding a referendum in future about staying in the EU? Thats just my speculation, don’t read too much into that. Anyway, she told us that as our application had already been processed when she received the letter, she was not going to keep our passports. Just as well, as we have flights booked with Ryanair shortly, and Ryanair requires a passport if you want to board their aircraft!
We have to go back to the government offices in Kronberg in a few weeks time to collect our new passports and ID cards. The Brits are quite anti-ID-card, but I think they are a great idea. In both Germany and Spain you are supposed to carry a passport or ID card all the times, and a credit-card sized ID is much easier to keep with you than a passport.