Legal Loggerheads Stewing Conflict Between German High Court and the EU Could Boil Over

The European Union's highest court and Germany's Constitutional Court are facing off over which institution has the last say when it comes to major political issues. The government in Berlin is desperately trying to play down the severity of the conflict.
The ultimate escalation: Justices at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany

The ultimate escalation: Justices at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany

Foto: Uli Deck / PICTURE ALLIANCE / DPA
DER SPIEGEL 33/2021
SPIEGEL International
Behind the legal conflict lies a much bigger question: How deep should European integration go, and who decides?