A New Hurdle for Europe German Parliament Slows Euro Rescue Decisions

The government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given parliament a greater say in the euro bailout than it has actually been required to do following a recent ruling by the country's highest court. Merkel took the step to quiet critics of the common currency rescue plan, but it could also limit the European Union's ability to act in this time of crisis.
This week's euro crisis summit hasn't only been hindered by a difference of opinions between Berlin and Paris: New proceedures in the German parliament have tied Chancellor Angela Merkel's hands to a degree.

This week's euro crisis summit hasn't only been hindered by a difference of opinions between Berlin and Paris: New proceedures in the German parliament have tied Chancellor Angela Merkel's hands to a degree.

Foto: Martin Meissner/ AP
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan