KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) – Germany’s top court will address on Tuesday whether Europe’s new bailout scheme and budget rules are compatible with national law in a process influencing not just how to tackle the euro zone debt crisis, but how much deeper European integration can go.
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and German central bank chief Jens Weidmann will attend the German Constitutional Court’s public hearing (0800 GMT) into complaints about the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and fiscal pact.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Around half of Germans are prepared to give up some national powers to Brussels in the pursuit of a common European Union financial policy, according to a poll by Emnid for the German magazine Focus.
Some 49 percent of the 1,000 Germans surveyed for the poll supported handing over more power to the EU, in line with the closer European fiscal and political union championed by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Some 44 percent were opposed.
Berlin (Reuters) – Germany’s manufacturing sector shrank in June at the fastest pace in three years, with new business intake dropping for the 12th month running, in a sign the economy is suffering from both the euro crisis and a broader global economic slowdown.
Markit’s manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) slid to 45.0 in June from 45.2 in May, registering the fastest decline in the sector since June 2009, final data showed on Monday. The figure was just above a flash estimate of 44.7.
BERLIN (Reuters) – German joblessness rose for the third month in a row in June, though it remains close to post-reunification lows, data showed, signalling that Europe’s largest economy is not immune to the euro debt crisis and cannot be relied on to prop up growth.
The Labour Office said on Thursday the number of people out of a job rose by a seasonally-adjusted 7,000 to 2.882 million in June from 2.875 million in May. The consensus forecast in a Reuters poll of economists was for joblessness to rise by 5,000.
BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders go into a Brussels meeting on Thursday more openly divided than at any time since the euro crisis began, with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel showing no sign of relenting in her refusal to back other countries’ debts.
Merkel is being urged at home to stay tough and reject all efforts to make Germany underwrite European partners’ debts or banks, while her EU partners say that may be the only way to save the single currency.
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – There is nothing to stop the European Central Bank cutting interest rates further, a senior policymaker said on Wednesday, adding to expectations it could act as soon as next week to counter dimming growth prospects and help tackle the euro zone crisis.
Executive Board member Peter Praet’s intervention followed his colleague Benoit Coeure, who said last week cutting rates was an option and one that would be discussed at the ECB’s July 5 meeting.
BERLIN, June 26 (Reuters) – Consumer morale in Germany
unexpectedly edged up going into July on improving income
expectations, but worries over the euro zone crisis risk hurting
consumption in the months ahead, a survey by GfK market research
group showed on Tuesday.
Other recent data has suggested Europe’s biggest economy is
losing stamina as austerity measures and worries over the crisis
hit investment and exports.
BERLIN, June 22 (Reuters) – German business sentiment fell
for a second straight month in June to its lowest level in over
two years, the latest sign Europe’s largest economy is no longer
immune to the sovereign debt crisis engulfing the euro zone.
Europe’s economic powerhouse had so far avoided the fate of
its euro zone peers thanks to strong exports away from the bloc
and healthy domestic demand, but increasing uncertainty over the
currency bloc’s prospects is starting to hit home.
BERLIN, June 21 (Reuters) – The German government and
opposition reached a deal on Thursday on growth that will allow
parliament to approve the euro zone’s permanent bailout scheme
next week, but Germany’s top court may delay the rescue fund’s
start date scheduled for July 1.
No sooner had Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and the
centre-left opposition announced a breakthrough in eight weeks
of talks on how to stimulate growth and job creation in Europe
than the constitutional court threw a spanner in the works.
LONDON/BERLIN, June 13 (Reuters) – Uncertainty before Greek
elections prompted investors to pick up 10-year German bonds at
a sale on Wednesday, easing niggling concerns about the
country’s credit quality as the euro zone debt crisis drags on.
A sell-off in German debt over the past two sessions also
boosted demand for 4.04 billion euros of 10-year paper by
cheapening bond prices and pushing yields higher.