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Germany to impose strict welfare curbs for EU immigrants

The German government yesterday (12 October) approved a new law to curb social benefits for EU citizens who arrive in the country without a job, as it responds to pressure to get tough on migrants.

Global Europe 26-02-2016

ECJ confirms ruling on migrant benefits

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled yesterday (25 February) that EU citizens can be legally denied access to certain social benefits in the first three months of their stay in another member state. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Future EU 18-02-2016

Cameron to get his EU deal over English breakfast

With a prospect of late-night talks after the first day of the EU summit opening today (18 February), Council President Donald Tusk has scheduled an "English breakfast" tomorrow in hope of a final compromise to help UK Prime Minister David Cameron to campaign for a ‘yes’ vote in the Brexit referendum.

Central Europe 16-02-2016

Tusk tells Romania that his proposal on social benefits is ‘fair’

Council President Donald Tusk assured Romania yesterday (15 February) that the proposal he has put on the table ahead of the EU summit intended to address the UK concerns is fair and balanced. EURACTIV Romania reports.

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Central Europe 11-02-2016

EU warns UK deal ‘fragile’ as Paris, East seek changes

A draft accord to help keep Britain in the European Union is "very fragile", a top EU official warned yesterday (10 February) as France and eastern states pushed for changes before leaders meet to try and seal the deal next week.

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In-work benefits emerge as main stumbling block ahead of Brexit summit

Most of the Union’s members have reservations with regard to the possible limitations of in-work benefits for EU workers in the UK, contained in the proposals from Brussels to address David Cameron’s demands ahead of the Brexit referendum. The EURACTIV network reports.

Central Europe 08-02-2016

Poland against reducing benefits to Poles who already live in UK

While talks on a compromise to keep the UK in the EU continue, it has emerged that the Polish government will not support any solution reducing the privileges of Poles who already live and work in UK. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Central Europe 05-02-2016

EU eastern states ready joint response to ‘Brexit’ deal

Countries on the European Union's eastern flank will meet next week and try to provide a joint response on the recent proposal to keep Britain in the EU bloc, Hungary's Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said yesterday (4 February).

UK & Europe 09-12-2015

How to interpret Cameron’s ‘renegotiation’ strategy

David Cameron’s renegotiation strategy is as much about quelling rebellion within his own party as it is about obtaining real reforms from the EU, argues Steven Blockmans.

EU migrants can be denied social benefits, says top court

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday (15 September) ruled that a country can withhold basic benefits from EU migrants if they travel from another member country with no intention of finding a new job.

Member states want to be less attractive to migrants

A flurry of ideas about how countries could reduce their attractiveness to asylum seekers have been voiced in various European countries, providing a preview of the discussion at the meeting of ministers of foreign affairs to be held in Luxembourg tomorrow (4 September).

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Economy & Jobs 29-07-2014

EU to “scrutinise” Cameron’s plan of curbing EU migrant benefits

The European Commission said on Tuesday it will 'scrutinise” whether plans by British Prime Minister David Cameron of curbing EU migrants' access to unemployment and child benefits are complaint with EU law

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Economy & Jobs 21-05-2014

Germany can deny social benefits to non-German EU nationals, EU top court says

A European Court of Justice legal adviser said on Tuesday that Germany may refuse nationals of other Member States ‘social security benefits for jobseekers who are in need of assistance, on the basis of a general criterion that demonstrates the absence of a genuine link with the host Member State,

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Economy & Jobs 13-01-2014

Commission releases guide on social benefits for EU migrants

Brussels published on Monday a new guide on social benefits for EU migrants, amid a fierce debate on immigration across Europe.
The guide aims to clarify the worker's place of residence and therefore, which country is responsible for providing social welfare.
It comes at a a time when countries like the UK are trying to reduce the social benefits EU migrants can claim. With the European elections in sight, fears of what some already call 'benefit tourism' are spreading across the continent.

Central Europe 09-01-2014

Germany readies response to ‘poverty immigration’

The German government established a new committee yesterday (8 January) to investigate the effects of immigration on the Federal Republic. The resolution came amid rising conflict within the ruling coalition over so-called  "poverty immigration" from Bulgaria and Romania and complaints from overburdened cities. EURACTIV.de reports.