Anka's Two Mommies: High Court Takes On Same-Sex Adoption

Anka's Two Mommies: High Court Takes On Same-Sex Adoption

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2012

Gays and lesbians have the right to adopt children in Germany -- but not as a couple. The country's highest court is set to review the issue on Tuesday, and its results will ultimately impact the question of legal equality for same-sex unions. By Dietmar Hipp more... Comment ]

Banning Germany's Far Right: 'The NPD Has No Need for Legal Protection'

Banning Germany's Far Right: 'The NPD Has No Need for Legal Protection'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2012

In an effort to preempt a ban on its existence, Germany's far-right NPD party has taken the unusual step of asking the country's high court to confirm its constitutionality. The request isn't likely to be taken seriously, legal expert Martin Morlok explains. more...


Unlimited Liability: German Parties Offer Rival Interpretations of Euro Ruling

Unlimited Liability: German Parties Offer Rival Interpretations of Euro Ruling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2012

The German government is pleased with the recent decision by the country's Constitutional Court that gave the green light to ratify the permanent euro bailout fund. But the celebration may be premature. Some of the conditions set by the court could prove prickly for the government and its final ruling on the case could come with unpleasant surprises. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Söder: 'Everyone Wants Our Money'

Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Söder: 'Everyone Wants Our Money'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2012

Germany's Constitutional Court cleared the way for the country to ratify the permanent euro rescue fund, the ESM, in a closely watched ruling last week. In a SPIEGEL interview, Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Söder expresses his concerns about the decision and calls for Germany's central bank to be given new supervisory powers. more... Comment ]


Triumph in Defeat: Euro Ruling Not as Simple as It Seems

Triumph in Defeat: Euro Ruling Not as Simple as It Seems

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2012

The winners and losers in Wednesday's ruling on the permanent euro bailout fund by Germany's highest court may appear clear cut, but the decision is more complicated than it seems. Before the European Stability Mechanism can be ratified, the German government must answer complicated legal questions. By Dietmar Hipp in Karlsruhe, Germany more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'The ECB Wields the Baton, Not Karlsruhe'

The World from Berlin: 'The ECB Wields the Baton, Not Karlsruhe'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2012

With the green light now given for ratification of the European Stability Mechanism, euro-zone leaders appear to be a step closer to saving the common currency. But many German newspaper editorialists see faults in the ruling by the Constitutional Court and warn that a major new fight is brewing over the European Central Bank's role in efforts to save the euro. more... Comment ]


ESM and ECB: European Leaders Have New Weapons to Save Euro

ESM and ECB: European Leaders Have New Weapons to Save Euro

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 13, 2012

The Constitutional Court's ruling on the ESM has provided relief to markets and European leaders. With the bailout fund and the ECB's bond-buying program, the euro zone now has an impressive arsenal of weapons at its disposal. Politicians will soon be turning their attention to the next major project: a European banking union. By Carsten Volkery more... Comment ]

Ceding Power: Ruling Shows Court's Weakness in EU Matters

Ceding Power: Ruling Shows Court's Weakness in EU Matters

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2012

The ruling on Wednesday by the Federal Constitutional Court on the euro bailout fund makes one thing very clear: The Karlsruhe-based institution will not stop European integration because it can't. The justices have created expectations among the people that they are no longer able to fulfill. A Commentary by Thomas Darnstädt more...


Economist Straubhaar on the ESM: 'Germany Has to Accept More Redistribution'

Economist Straubhaar on the ESM: 'Germany Has to Accept More Redistribution'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2012

Does the introduction of the ESM bailout fund mean Europe is turning into a transfer union? Economist Thomas Straubhaar argues that it is -- and that it's a good thing. In a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview, he says that Germany will have to get used to sharing its prosperity with other countries. more...

Constitutional Court Ruling: A Setback for Germany's Euroskeptics

Constitutional Court Ruling: A Setback for Germany's Euroskeptics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2012

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court has rejected a lawsuit brought by opponents of the euro, and has set only a few conditions for the ratification of the European Stability Mechanism and the fiscal pact. The main proviso is that the ESM cannot increase the scope of Germany's liability without the country's agreement. What will the ruling mean for Berlin and Europe? An Analysis By Roland Nelles and Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Green Light for ESM: German High Court OKs Permanent Bailout Fund with Reservations

Green Light for ESM: German High Court OKs Permanent Bailout Fund with Reservations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2012

Germany and Europe can both breathe a sigh of relief on Wednesday: The Federal Constitutional Court has rejected a petition to stop the ratification of the permanent euro rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism. The decision clears the way for the ESM to go into effect. more...