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Poland warns it will block bid to slash EU migrant benefits

Polish leaders have warned they will block David Cameron’s bid to clamp down on EU migrants claiming benefits, unless the rules will apply to British citizens as well.

The Prime Minister wants to stop migrants from claiming benefits for the first four years after they arrive in Britain, and kick out anyone who fails to find work after six months.

But Polish minister Rafal Trzaskowski told BBC's Newsnight that he believes the plans would go against all existing laws, and warned Poland would vote against the change.

If one wants to get away with all the benefits that are enshrined in the regulation of EU and treat immigrants from EU differently, and for example only pay benefits after four years of their stay in Britain or extradite people who can't find work, that would be against all the existing laws of the EU and obviously that would be a red line for us.

When it comes to changing the rules in the EU, when it comes to social support and so forth, when it comes to undermining the existing laws, obviously we are going to react quite strongly and we are going to be against.

– Rafal Trzaskowski, Polish minister

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Swiss voters firmly reject curbs on immigration

Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected proposals on that would impose strict curbs on immigration.

The proposals were a reaction to fears foreign workers are eroding Swiss Alpine culture. Credit: Reuters

The measures reflected a growing sense that Switzerland is under siege by foreign workers eroding its Alpine culture.

The proposal, backed by the right-wing Swiss People's Party, that aimed to cut annual immigration by three-quarters from current levels in order to reduce the strain on Switzerland's pristine natural environment was rejected by 74% of voters.


Hammond: EU immigration reforms 'perfectly deliverable'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the government is going "with the grain" in Europe in its attempt to change migration rules for EU citizens within member states.

In an interview with Political Correspondent Libby Wiener, he said the UK had consulted with partners in the European Union, and hoped to reach agreement on treaty change.

Cameron was forced to 'retreat' over EU migrant plan

Prime Minster David Cameron backtracked from a radical plan to cap directly the number of EU migrants entering Britain after an intervention, according to reports

Reports say Cameron was forced to 'retreat' over EU migrant plan. Credit: PA

And it was the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who warned him she would not tolerate such an incursion into the principle of the free movement of workers, according to the Guardian.

It said that the decision to step back from the harder stance in the PM's speech on immigration on Friday disappointed the Eurosceptic backbenchers, but pleased business leaders.

Czech politician criticises Cameron's migrants policy

A leading Czech politician has criticised David Cameron's tough new plans to block EU migrants from claiming benefits for four years, by highlighting the contribution Czech citizens made to the British military during World War Two.

Tomas Prouza, the Czech State Secretary for European Affairs, tweeted a picture of a group Czech fighter pilots at rest in front of a Hurricane fighter during the Battle of Britain and asked if the men would get benefits, despite only working in the UK for less than four years.

The slightly-tongue-in-cheek comment serves as an example of the opposition Mr Cameron will face from other EU members should he continue with his plans to differentiate between British and member-state citizens.

During WW2, around 90 airmen from Czechoslovakia fought in the Royal Air Force from the height of the Battle of Britian, chiefly in No. 310 and No. 312 (Czechoslovak) Squadrons.

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