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Epilogue: Reciprocal Recognition and Democracy

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The growing interconnectedness of societies and people does not mean that the majority of people are effectively on the move. Exclusion from citizenship and from democratic participation on the basis of differences in origin is in the end incompatible with human rights and fundamental democratic principles. Historically, the creation of cities was the decisive factor here. Urbanization has brought people together who were different, seen from a tribal point of view, but who increasingly determined their own identities. Author says a few words about democracy under conditions of constitutional pluralism and the place of human rights. Human rights mean more than just statutory rights. In international political relations, they are the reference point for diplomatic pressure and for the increasingly powerful effects of public opinion on the behavior of large corporations as well as states.

Keywords: citizenship; democracy; diplomatic pressure



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