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Preuß, Roland

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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 12/11/2014

Benefits ruling shows limits of solidarity

The decision of principle by the European Court of Justice is correct and will ease the situation in cities with many immigrants, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: "The European Court of Justice has ruled on an extreme case: that of a young Romanian woman who came to Germany, never worked and never looked for a job and then applied for welfare benefits without success. This is not typical of immigrants from the EU, but an extreme, isolated case. However it is well suited for determining how far European solidarity should go. The EU judges have now made their decision: Germany is not obliged to pay benefits in this case. And that is the right decision. ... Germany and the European citizens from the East benefit mutually from immigration. However that 'mutually' does not apply in a number of German cities where the former state of legal uncertainty has only exacerbated problems and been a source of discontent. The judgement will help to calm this situation."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 19/07/2012

Germany needs new asylum laws

A good 130,000 asylum seekers in Germany will receive 336 instead of 224 euros in benefits per month with immediate effect after the Federal Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that the current provisions violate the basic right to a dignified minimum standard of living. And it's a good thing, because the rules in effect until now were as harmful for the state as they were for the asylum seekers, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: "Often the state had to support rejected asylum seekers for years and conduct expensive trials to clarify their status. And the refugees remained without education, jobs or perspectives. In the end more than half a million rejected asylum seekers stayed in Germany after all, many of them relegated to the periphery of society. In this way Germany has created an enormous integration problem for itself. … The federal and state governments should now use this ruling to carry out a general reform of the law on refugees. ... Most refugees don't dream of living on state benefits. They want to work, have their own home, meet friends and travel - lead normal lives. But this is precisely what the laws on benefits for asylum-seekers deny them, imposing bans on their working, moving about and travelling."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 10/09/2009

EU label doesn't necessarily mean the rule of law

The German Federal Constitutional Court has granted the appeal of an Iraqi who was to be deported from Germany to Greece. In the context of the Dublin II Regulation, the EU state through which an asylum seeker first entered the Union is responsible for asylum procedures. The court has ruled that in this case grounds exist presenting an exception to the Dublin II Regulation. The left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung comments: "Just because the label says EU it doesn't mean the rule of law is inside. Athen's scandalous handling of refugees has been documented many times. ... With their sentence the judges have been able to overturn a central element of German and European asylum policy: that of no longer accepting people from states considered secure. ... With this unexpected help from Karlsruhe the countries of South Eastern Europe could attain what they have been demanding for a long time: more solidarity within Europe. ... Nevertheless the complaints coming from Athens are not convincing. 20,000 asylum seekers per year cannot be termed a flood of refugees. Proportionately Malta and Cyprus accept far more."

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