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Helmut Kohl, citizen of Europe

Written by Philippe Perchoc, Helmut Kohl died on 16 June 2017 at the age of 87. The father of German reunification and a strong supporter of European integration, he leaves a long-lasting legacy. A European ceremony of honour is planned for the former Chancellor and Honorary Citizen of Europe, in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, … Continue reading

What is the EU’s role in the introduction of a road toll for private vehicles in Germany?

In view of the new road toll for private vehicles foreseen in Germany, citizens have turned to the European Parliament and have raised concerns that this ‘infrastructural levy’ might discriminate EU citizens who do not reside in Germany. Following the adoption by the German authorities of a law introducing a road charging scheme for cars, … Continue reading

The Franco-German relationship in the European Union: A short overview

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva, With Franco-German relations following the Second World War being at the very origins of the European Union, their bilateral cooperation has often been seen as the ‘engine’ of EU integration. Regular bilateral cooperation between the two countries was institutionalised with the 1963 Elysée Treaty and culminated in joint cabinet meetings and … Continue reading

German Constitutional Court decisions on EU anti-crisis measures

In response to the financial crisis in the EU, a permanent crisis mechanism – the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) – was adopted by the euro area Member States. A number of cases, lodged with the German Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG), aimed at blocking Germany’s participation. The BVerfG has established four requirements for German participation in … Continue reading

Electoral thresholds in European elections. Developments in Germany

The procedure for elections to the European Parliament (EP) features only a limited set of principles common to all Member States (MS). There is no ‘harmonisation’ of electoral thresholds, but MS may establish thresholds of no more than 5%. In November 2012, the European Parliament adopted a resolution inter alia calling on MS to establish … Continue reading

The German Constitutional Court’s ruling on the ECB’s bond-buying decision

On 6 September 2012, the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) confirmed its President, Mario Draghi’s announcement that the ECB would purchase government bonds on secondary markets, known as Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT). Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) was called upon to consider the legality of OMT within a case on the constitutionality … Continue reading

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