Originally Posted by Alltimegreat1
There's a residency permit in Germany called "Erlaubnis zum Daueraufenthalt-EU," which is some sort of permanent residency permit for the whole EU.dU citizens.
Check the specific requirements for that one. It sounds very much like one of the residence permits here in France - which requires you to have 5 years of residence in France on any combination of specific single-year residence permits. Once you have the 5 year permit, you can then relocate to another country within the EU and just need to apply for the appropriate residence permit in that country (i.e. without having to get a visa).