Germany plans to sharply curb EU citizens’ access to welfare benefits with new draft legislation that would save local communities billions of euros, government officials said on Friday.
New legislation was required after a federal court ruled in 2015 and 2016 that non-working EU citizens had a right to social welfare benefits after six months in Germany. Before the ruling, there was no right to such benefits.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right government is taking a number of steps to stem losses to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party amid growing frustration about an influx of refugees and other migrants.
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