The Power Struggle Merkel Wrestles with Court over Europe's Future

Germany's Constitutional Court was set up after the war as part of an elaborate system of checks and balances. But recently it has been hampering the Germany government's efforts to solve the euro crisis, much to the annoyance of some politicians in Berlin. Critics accuse the court of wanting to safeguard its own power.
Constitutional Court judges in Karlsruhe. The court's president, Andreas Vosskuhle, is second from left.

Constitutional Court judges in Karlsruhe. The court's president, Andreas Vosskuhle, is second from left.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan