Skip to Content

EU Commission. Photo supplied

AfD wants to cut German-level child benefits to poorer EU countries

The AfD is the only party in the German parliament asking questions about how money from German taxpayers is wasted on outrageous transfers to poor countries.

Published: January 16, 2019, 8:04 am


    The party has demanded an adjustment of social benefits for children residing in other EU countries to mirror the local living costs. Since 2012, such benefits for the 252 000 children have increased more than five-fold to 402 million euros.

    If the AfD introduces its announced bill on Thursday in the Bundestag, it will be the second push to clean up unfair and outdated social security regulations. In the first attempt, the AfD failed on 18 October 2018, when 548 deputies of the narrow-minded political united front rejected the AFD demand.

    The current EU law states that entitlements to family benefits also applies to family members living in other EU member states. EU citizens residing in Germany would therefore also receive child allowances equal to those for their children living in another EU country, as would be the case for children living in Germany, “although the cost of living in other countries is often much lower than in Germany”, the party argued.

    This leads to imbalances and “there is an incentive to immigrate into our social system because German child benefit payments in low-wage member states can be a significant source of income”.

    Since 2010, annual transfers to foreign accounts have increased almost tenfold to 343 million euros. The annual savings potential of an adapted scheme should be between 150 and 200 million euros.

    In fact, the transfer payments to child allowances abroad have risen sharply in recent years, even more so than estimated in autumn 2018 by the AfD. In 2012, such child allowance stood at 75 million. The money went mainly to Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic.

    During the 2018 election campaign, the CSU presented a motion the Federal Council to adjust the amount to the cost of living in the country in which the child lives. As expected, the responsible finance committee turned down the motion and postponed the issue indefinitely.

    Austria, on the other hand, introduced the adjustment of the child allowances to the local cost of living on 1 January 2019. The EU Commission has objected, according to German daily Die Welt, and the country is likely to face infringement proceedings soon.

    Instead of following in the footsteps of Austria, the German government is hiding behind the rejection of the EU Commission in Brussels. Efforts are being made to reach an agreement at European level, the Merkel government maintains.

    But child-benefit “recipient countries” may not be very interested in giving up additional benefits for their citizens and force Brussels to vote down the issue. For the AfD it is clear however: “What is going on in Austria must be possible in Germany,” AfD MP René Springer said in response.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.


    France to outlaw anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism

    ParisDuring his speech at the dinner of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) [Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France] , a powerful Jewish lobby in France, President Emmanuel Macron announced that France "will implement the definition of anti-Semitism defined by the International Alliance for the Memory of the Holocaust (IHRA)".

    Matteo Salvini. Photo:

    Italian Senate panel votes against Salvini’s ‘migrant kidnapping’ trial

    RomeParty activists from the League's coalition partners led by Luigi Di Maio have been invited to vote for or against the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of the Italian Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini.

    UK faces policing crisis as cops quit in huge numbers

    Law enforcement chiefs in Britain are struggling to find enough specialist detectives with three-quarters of stations admitting that they cannot fill vacancies because of the rate at which experienced officers are quitting the force.

    French official criticises British resolve to stop illegals

    In the fight against networks of human traffickers in the English Channel, the president of the Regional Council of Hauts-de-France has pleaded for stronger cooperation between France and Britain to end illegal immigration.

    Smartphones stolen in Barcelona turn up in Marrakesh

    A profitable black market in smartphones is encouraging the theft of mobile phones in the coastal city of Barcelona.

    Bertelsmann study: Does Germany really need more immigrants?

    Germany supposedly needs 260 000 immigrants each year, a study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Foundation has recently found. But the findings have drawn much criticism and incomprehension.

    Number of migrants in German prisons at a record high

    BerlinMigrant inmates in German prisons have skyrocketed, a new survey of the Justice Ministries in in Germany's 16 federal states show.

    Hungary launches seven-point family plan

    BudapestHungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced a family protection plan in his state-of-the nation address in Budapest on Sunday.

    Act XIII: Protester’s hand torn off by police grenade

    ParisDuring the clashes that took place in front of the National Assembly in Paris over the weekend between police and Yellow Vests, a protester lost his hand. Tensions rose a notch in Paris on Saturday, February 9 on the occasion of Act XIII of the protest movement.

    UK Counter Terrorism interviews 8-year-old

    LondonIn Britain, an eight-year-old Muslim boy was questioned by two counter-terrorism police officers and a social worker at a school in east London because he had become so radicalized.

    Go to archive