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

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?
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Despite mounting criticism of recent rulings, the chief justice of Germany's high court, Andreas Vosskuhle (second from left), says: "I personally view myself as a staunch European."

Despite mounting criticism of recent rulings, the chief justice of Germany's high court, Andreas Vosskuhle (second from left), says: "I personally view myself as a staunch European."

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Translated from the German by Daryl Lindsey