Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron listens to the Lord Mayor of London Alan Yarrow speak at the Lord Mayor's banquet at the Guildhall in central London, November 10, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Winning
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The EU's top court ruled Tuesday that member states do not have to provide social welfare payments to EU citizens moving to their country solely to claim benefits.Ruling on a case brought by Germany, the ECJ said it was the national authorities who decide the payment of non-contributory social benefits.As such, they were implementing national laws and not EU legislation, it added.Earlier this month, Germany's Merkel went on record to say that the EU principle of the free movement of people was non-negotiable.
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