Well since I'm reading 'The Patriot' daily and have been an officer in the 'Citizen Guard St. Sebastian of 1412' in my native town - I'm presdistined to answer here, I think.
However, the on is just our (unfortunately only) local newspaper (www.derpatriot.de), the other a traditional association (www.sankt-sebastianus.de).
'Citizen' (and especially 'citizenship') is always something here (Germany), which is mentioned especially by federal/state/local authorities, when they want something from us.
'Patriozism' helds a little bit of bad reputation here.
I'm quoting from my favourite website
A subjective comparison of Germany and the United States
Or maybe it should be more benignly called "patriotism"; in any event, it is ubiquitous in the US: flags, the anthem, "pledge of allegiance" every morning in every grade school, politicians regularly praising "the greatest nation on earth" etc. This is nauseating to the average German, but it is also rather difficult to understand given the widespread hatred of the government and its institutions in the US. Apparently, the nation is seen to be a completely separate entity from the nation's institutions. Atrocities committed by the army in the various wars, crimes committed all over the world by the CIA, and the huge social problems of the country are openly discussed and part of the public consciousness, but all of this does not seem to have much of an impact on the American's love of their nation. When asked directly, they usually explain that they love the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and in the constitution, most of all the commitment to freedom. The economic system of free entrepreneurship is also often an object of love.
The situation in Germany, of course, is radically different. To love Germany is to love its history, its culture, its political and economical system, the government's institutions, the whole enchilada. Obviously, Germany's history cannot be loved, and so it is a pretty safe bet that someone wearing a shirt with a German flag on it is either a soldier or a foreigner or a neonazi. At best, it is considered to be in bad taste to claim that one is proud to be a German.
The jobless youth in big German cities and in the eastern part of the country however often present an aggressive nationalistic attitude, to the extent of harassing, beating and even killing foreigners with the wrong skin color. This kind of violence is unheard of in the US.
There is also a kind of snobbishness in Germany's educated classes about the myopia of Americans: "they don't care what's going on in the world, they don't travel abroad, they still don't understand why they are hated around the world, they think they are always right etc." While all of this may be partially true, it conveniently ignores the very noble and enlightened treatment Japan and West Germany received after the Second World War, and the fact that the US was the driving force behind creation of the UN and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "