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Ulrich Kring, 70, is a German national, but he has lived in Switzerland his entire life. He finally decided to apply for Swiss citizenship. He applied in Dielsdorf, where authorities require all foreigners applying for citizenship to take classes in German. Kring found that the bureaucrats didn't care that he's been speaking German his entire life. He has appealed to a higher local authority. If he doesn't win that appeal, the German course will cost him 250 Swiss francs.