Saturday 24 September 2016

UK has point on welfare migrants says Germany

Hans Nichols

Published 18/01/2016 | 02:30

A child cries due to the cold at a registration camp for migrants in Presevo, Serbia Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters
A child cries due to the cold at a registration camp for migrants in Presevo, Serbia Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has raised "some right questions" in seeking to limit welfare-state benefits for immigrants, Germany's Deputy Finance Minister Jens Spahn says.

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As EU leaders look to a summit in Brussels in February for a deal on EU changes that Cameron can put to a referendum, the UK and German governments agree that "social-welfare migration" in the EU needs to be restricted, said Mr Spahn, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

"We want the UK to stay in the European Union and we want to support the United Kingdom wherever we can to make it possible," Mr Spahn said. "And I think Mr Cameron raises some right questions and makes some right proposals."

Cameron met Merkel this month and voiced confidence afterward that he will forge an EU reform plan to put to UK voters in a referendum by the end of 2017.

Irish Independent

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