A European Union court has ruled that Germany was entitled to cut off joblessness benefits to a Swedish family that came to the country to find work but only held temporary jobs for a short time.
Tuesday's European Court of Justice decision followed a ruling last year that Germany was within its rights to refuse jobless benefits to a Romanian immigrant who made no effort to seek work. There has been mounting concern in EU countries, particularly Britain, about perceived abuse of workers' freedom of movement and welfare systems.
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In the latest case, a Swedish mother and three children who previously lived in Germany returned in 2010. The mother and eldest daughter worked in temporary jobs that lasted under a year; in 2012, a Berlin job office cut off benefits.