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Pravda - Slovakia | Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Merkel speaks for all Europe

The attempts of British Prime Minister David Cameron to restrict freedom of movement have galvanised not just Berlin but all Europe into action, the left-leaning daily Pravda comments: "With his plans Cameron cites a non-specified number of voters who don't work but simply want to enjoy the benefits of the British social welfare system. The same goes for his finance minister. ... Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert stressed yesterday that freedom of movement is a fundamental principle of the EU for the citizens. These are important words for us too. Where do we stand on this issue? Is freedom of movement for workers within the EU a principle without which the EU would lose its meaning for us too? Or is this principle only important in as far as it allows Slovaks to work in the Union's richer countries? In any case the chancellor has spoken for us. An EU without freedom of movement would be an EU for bankers and international companies, not for the citizens."

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