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Sep 10, 2012

Germans trust pragmatic top judge to walk euro tightrope

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel may be the most powerful woman in Europe, but this week the chancellor’s plans to save the euro lie in the hands of Andreas Vosskuhle, the supreme court judge known as Germany’s most powerful man.

In a ruling with global ramifications, the Constitutional Court is expected on Wednesday to allow an EU bailout fund and budget pact, although most legal experts expect it to impose conditions to show that parliament controls Germany’s budget.

Jul 25, 2012

German court dumps election law that favored Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s top court ruled on Wednesday that the country’s election law is unconstitutional, leaving Europe’s biggest economy with no valid rules on how to distribute seats in the Bundestag lower house just over a year before the next vote.

The Karlsruhe-based Constitutional Court upheld a case brought by the opposition Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and more than over 3,000 citizens against the law, which was altered by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right coalition last year.

Jul 24, 2012

Moody’s warning fuels German resentment over euro bailouts

BERLIN, July 24 (Reuters) – The prospect of Europe’s biggest
economy losing its cherished AAA credit status has unsettled
Germans, already angry about footing the bill for bailouts, and
triggered calls for an even tougher stance on Greece and other
euro zone laggards.

While politicians and economists were at pains to argue that
Moody’s downward revision to Germany’s credit rating outlook
would have little immediate impact on borrowing
costs, ordinary Germans said they were worried.

Jul 19, 2012

German parliament defends circumcision after court ban

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s lower house of parliament passed a resolution on Thursday to protect the religious circumcision of infant boys after a district court ban on the practice outraged Muslims and Jews and sparked an emotional debate in the country.

The main political parties have criticised the ruling by a Cologne court and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has promised a new law to make clear doctors or families will not be punished for carrying out the procedure.

Jul 19, 2012

German MPs vow to protect circumcision after court ban

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s lower house of parliament is set to pass a cross-party resolution on Thursday to protect the religious circumcision of baby boys after a district court ban on the practice outraged Muslims and Jews.

The main political parties have attacked the ruling by a Cologne court and conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has promised a new law to make clear doctors or families will not be punished for carrying out the procedure.

Jul 18, 2012

German lower house to pass Spanish aid despite Merkel revolt

BERLIN, July 18 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a
test of authority within her centre-right coalition on Thursday
when the lower house of parliament votes on Berlin’s
contribution to an up to 100 billion euro ($122 billion) aid
package for Spanish banks.

The Bundestag is almost certain to approve the rescue since
members of opposition parties will back the measures.

Jul 11, 2012

“Nuisance” German court may exact price for euro approval

BERLIN, July 11 (Reuters) – Germany’s top court, which has
already proved a “nuisance” by delaying Europe’s newest tools
for fighting the debt crisis, is likely to set conditions for
their approval that could go as far as demanding a referendum.

“It is our task to be a nuisance when it comes to European
policy and integration,” is how one judge defined the role of
the Constitutional Court, which on Tuesday defied pressure for a
snap verdict to allow Germany to ratify the crisis measures. The
judge agreed to discuss the role on condition of anonymity.

Jul 5, 2012

German economists say ‘no’ to euro banking union

BERLIN (Reuters) – More than 150 economists led by the head of Germany’s influential Ifo think tank urged voters on Thursday to lobby lawmakers to oppose plans for a European banking union that Chancellor Angela Merkel signed up to last week.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper released an open letter in which Hans-Werner Sinn and other experts said forcing Europe’s biggest economy to extend its liabilities to weaker euro zone states and their banks was not the answer to the region’s debt woes.

Jul 3, 2012

German CSU threatens to quit Merkel coalition over euro

BERLIN (Reuters) – The leader of Bavaria’s conservatives threatened on Tuesday to pull out of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition if further euro zone states secure bailouts, saying there were limits to how far his party was prepared to go.

Although burly Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer, who faces a state election next year, has a tendency to pick fights and talk tough, his threat highlights the pressure Merkel is under at home after last week’s euro zone deal.

Jun 28, 2012

From Nazi to Terminator, Europe’s media target Merkel

BERLIN, June 28 (Reuters) – Demonised in Europe’s media as a
red-eyed Terminator robot, a flabby centre-fold pinup and a
fleshy Roman god eating Greeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel
has become the subject of a new wave of vitriol for her tough
stance on the euro zone crisis.

Already a figure of hate in Greece for insisting on
austerity in exchange for aid, Merkel has long endured montages
of herself in a Nazi uniform, but the runup to this week’s EU
summit has unleashed particularly savage images and headlines.

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