What the new verdicts mean



Girls in front of a refugee shelter

The German law, which has since been changed, set too strict standards for the child benefit entitlement of refugees.


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Berlin The regulations according to which foreigners Germany can receive child benefit, violated the Basic Law at times and still violate European law. That have this week Federal Constitutional Court and the European Court of Justice ruled.

But what do these two judgments mean? Answers to the most important questions.

What was the case before the European Court of Justice about?

A Bulgarian woman who had recently moved to Germany had complained to the Bremen Finance Court because the Lower Saxony-Bremen Family Benefits Office did not want to grant her child benefit for her three children for the first three months of her stay.

There is a three-month blocking period for non-working EU foreigners who move their center of life to Germany, but not for Germans who return after a stay abroad. The Bremen Finance Court wanted now from ECJ know whether such unequal treatment is compatible with EU law.

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How did the three-month blocking period come about?

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