The European Parliament recently passes resolution 2018/2646(RSP), a measure that, in part, paves the way to redefining who is and who is not a citizen of the United States. The resolution calls upon the European Union to open negotiations with the United States with the goal of permitting US citizens to revoke their citizenship with significantly greater ease. The avowed goal of this measure is to ease banking restrictions imposed upon dual US-EU citizens by financial institutions. Many such parties face difficulty banking because financial institutions must comply with FATCA, a US law that requires reporting on the financial assets of US citizens. Many banks are choosing to limit the number of US account holders they take on, or even close accounts of current holders, rather than comply with the reporting requirements of the law. I feel for these people. However, the citizenship-revocation solution purposed as part of the resolution is an unnecessary overstep by the EP. The more effective means for European government to ensure these dual citizens can easily do business with European banks is to, wait for it, regulate European banks. European banks are in the EU’s territorial influence, so having the EU say that these banks should simply ease the restrictions on US account holders is the most appropriate course of action; the EU need not resort to attempting to dictate the citizenship of US citizens. What’s more, telling the US what to do in terms of its own citizens isn’t a particularly productive course of action in the best of times. If you think that dual US-European citizens should be able to avail themselves of the banking services provided to others then I encourage you to write to your MEPs. Encourage them to examine laws and regulations aimed towards ensuring local banks are acting in a non-discriminatory fashion regardless of joint citizenship.