Germany shows solidarity with struggling southern neighbours

Revolting Europe

The same day the European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi delivered his bombshell declaration that the European welfare state was no more, the Continent’s Great Power, Germany issued orders to stop welfare payments to non-German nationals.

Whether coincidence or not, the move by the Federal Labour Agency on February 23 has helped put some flesh of Draghi’s statement.

Italians, Greeks, Spaniards and other Europeans who move to Germany – the largest and only economically healthy economy in the Eurozone – in search of a job will no longer be entitled to receive, from their first day of stay in the Federal Republic, the dole that was introduced with the reform “Hartz IV”.

According to a ruling issued in 2010 by the Bundessozialgericht , the German courts dealing with social issues, jobless who come from one of the 17 states that have ratified the 1953 European Convention on Social and Medical…

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