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Die Welt - Germany | Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Is the European blue card on its way?

The newspaper's Brussels correspondent Christoph B. Schiltz sees the blue card as a "correct approach", but no more: "Will the European Commission's proposal, which unfortunately has been watered down on the insistence of member states like Germany, be enough to succeed in the battle for skilled workers with the US and the Asian economies? It's doubtful. For one thing the proposed solution puts considerable restrictions on worker mobility: the work permit is valid for only one country rather than all EU states. ... Ultimately the reservations within the grand coalition could lead to either the failure or further watering-down of the blue card. That may win Germany's ruling party more votes, but it would be fatal for Europe's economies."

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