Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz arrives for a news conference during the second day of a cabinet meeting in Mauerbach, Austria, May 28, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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Austria's right wing coalition government Monday doubled down on plans to cut benefits for foreigners including refugees, risking fresh legal challenges and opposition from the rest of the European Union.In March the Constitutional Court struck down a local model for the government's planned benefit reform, which required anyone claiming the main minimum benefit to have lived in Austria for five of the last six years.Following that ruling, the cabinet unveiled its modified plan on Monday, which would cap single refugees' main benefit payment at 563 euros ($656) a month, rising to the 863 euros available to Austrians if the refugees pass a German test.
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