Europe Advances Towards a Fiscal and Monetary Union

September 12th, 2012
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Econintersect: The German Constitutional Court's Chief Justice Andreas Vosskuhle over-ruled the injunctions against German involvement in the eurozone's new bailout fund.   However, the ruling was conditional.  According to the BBC:

"No rule of the treaty must be interpreted in a way which would result in higher payment obligations by Germany, without the consent of the German representative."

Correspondents said that meant that any future increase in the size of the 500bn-euro (£400bn) fund, or of Germany's contribution, could only be permitted with the express agreement of Germany's parliament.

On cue, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called for a full EU banking and budget union.  More on the Eurocrisis follows.

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Steven Hansen



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