Drifting into Politics: Is Germany's High Court Anti-European?

Drifting into Politics: Is Germany's High Court Anti-European?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2014

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court is one of the country's most formidable institutions. Yet recently it has faced criticism for its rulings on the euro and European unification. Have its justices crossed the line between jurisprudence and politics? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Europe or Democracy? What German Court Ruling Means for the Euro

Europe or Democracy? What German Court Ruling Means for the Euro

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2014

Germany's Constitutional Court ruling last Friday marks a significant escalation in efforts to rein in the European Central Bank. The ruling's message? Either the European Court of Justice has to stop bond purchases or German justices will. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Crisis Course: High Court Skeptical of ECB Bond Buys

Crisis Course: High Court Skeptical of ECB Bond Buys

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2013

Germany's high court on Tuesday made clear that it was skeptical of the ECB's program to buy unlimited quantities of sovereign bonds from struggling euro-zone member states. It could strike down the most successful tool in combating the crisis. By Stefan Kaiser in Karlsruhe, Germany more... Comment ]

Vater and Vater: Gay Adoption Debate Flusters Conservatives

Vater and Vater: Gay Adoption Debate Flusters Conservatives

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2013

Last week, Germany's high court granted tax equality to gay couples. Now, conservatives fear the ensuing debate over what many consider the untouchable last bastion of conservative values: full adoption rights for same-sex couples. By Melanie Amann, Dietmar Hipp and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Decisive Days for Euro: High Court Considers ECB Bond Buys

Decisive Days for Euro: High Court Considers ECB Bond Buys

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 10, 2013

Germany's highest court is currently reviewing the European Central Bank's controversial bond-buying program to shore up euro-zone crisis countries. A decision in Karlsruhe could determine the common currency's fate. By Melanie Amann, Thomas Darnstädt and Dietmar Hipp more... Comment ]

Gay Rights: Government to Expedite Same-Sex Tax Law

Gay Rights: Government to Expedite Same-Sex Tax Law

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2013

On Thursday, Germany's high court ruled that tax benefits available to heterosexual married couples must be extended to gay pairs as well. Merkel's conservatives say they will quickly comply. But the party is still opposed to additional rights for same-sex unions. more... Comment ]

High Court Ruling: Germany Grants Tax Equality to Gay Couples

High Court Ruling: Germany Grants Tax Equality to Gay Couples

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2013

Gay and lesbian couples in civil unions should have the same joint tax filing rights as married heterosexual couples, Germany's highest court ruled Thursday, dealing a blow to Chancellor Merkel's conservatives. more... Comment ]

World From Berlin: 'You Can't Outlaw Stupidity' of the Far-Right

World From Berlin: 'You Can't Outlaw Stupidity' of the Far-Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 19, 2013

The German government is taking a back seat on attempts to outlaw the right-wing extremist National Democratic Party, letting Germany's 16 states make their case at the nation's highest court alone. Editorialists support the decision, saying right-wing extremism must be fought at the ballot box. more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: German Conservatives Change Course on Gay Marriage

World from Berlin: German Conservatives Change Course on Gay Marriage

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 25, 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats are rapidly changing their approach on same-sex marriage rights and are considering extending marital tax benefits. But some German conservatives remain opposed. Commentators on Monday say the debate could hurt the party in fall elections. more... Comment ]

The World From Berlin: Gay Adoption Ruling A Wake-Up Call for Merkel

The World From Berlin: Gay Adoption Ruling A Wake-Up Call for Merkel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2013

Germany's top court on Tuesday ruled gay people should be allowed to adopt a child already adopted by their partner. The decision won't affect many people, but it's a signal that Berlin must do more to boost the legal rights of gay couples. Media commentators say it's high time that Chancellor Angela Merkel's government accepted the realities of modern society. more...