Karlsruhe – what next?

verfassungsblog.de    27/4/2021  A Relieving Decision    by 

With its interim decision of 15 April 2021, the German Federal Constitutional Court has paved the way for ratification of the 2020 Own Resources Decision by the German side. The speculation that the temporary order issued on 26 March 2021 against the German President – temporarily prohibiting ratification – might indicate a different interim decision has thus turned out to be incorrect. Rather, it has become clear that the temporary order was necessary because the Court – in a situation of apparently very unclear communication with the Office of the Federal President – had to reliably ensure that the ratification would not take place for the time being.  …

For too long now, the European Union has operated in crisis mode. For a decade, the Economic and Monetary Union has been and continues to be changed in structurally relevant ways, but always hastily and on precarious democratic grounds. The creeping abolition of the Stability and Growth Pact, the establishment of EFSF and ESM, sovereign financing by the ECB and now the Union’s debt amounting to two-thirds of the Union’s budget, outsourced to a special fund, are very considerable milestones that – each individually and in their cumulative effect – urgently require discussion. It is high time that these developments are reflected in their true meaning, outside of the crisis mode and in an open and transparent process aimed at shaping general, sustainable rules. A regular European financial equalisation according to standards that fairly mediate between individual responsibility and solidarity must be considered, as must the introduction and limits of selective EU taxes to finance public goods of EU-wide relevance.

Merit of the Federal Constitutional Court
The lasting merit of the Federal Constitutional Court in this context is to demand precisely this reflection, this democratic will-formation and a reliable order of competences and standards. The European Union will continue to succeed in the interplay of politics and law. The current situation requires clear and explicit political decisions by the Member States and the formulation of these decisions in general, viable legal norms that give the Union its framework and character.”       read whole article here

A webinar by the Green party:  “Prof. René Repasi  ist gebeten für uns zu analysieren, welche Überraschungen als Nächstes aus Karlsruhe zu erwarten sind:

  • Ist das Anleihekauf-Programm PSPP der EZB nun nach den Klarstellungen von EZB und Bundesbank verfassungskonform?
  • Droht dem coronakrisenbedingten Anleihekaufprogramm PEPP der EZB Ungemach aus Karlsruhe?
  • Könnte Karlsruhe im Hauptsacheverfahren das Corona-Wiederaufbauprogramm doch noch Grenzen setzen, etwa durch Vorlagen beim EuGH?
  • Und allgemeiner: Warum ist Karlsruhe immer wieder so kritisch gegenüber europäischen Beschlüssen?
  • Wie kann die Beziehung zwischen dem Bundesverfassungsgericht, den nationalen Höchstgerichten und dem europäischen Gerichtshof zukunftsfest gemacht werden?

Diese zentralen Fragen für die Zukunft der europäischen Rechtsgemeinschaft möchten wir in der nächsten Ausgabe von Europe Calling mit dem renommierten Europarechtler Prof. René Repasi und Ihnen und Euch diskutieren.”



eulawlive.com/analysis   29/3/2021   Analysis: “Karlsruhe, again: The interim-interim relief of the German Constitutional Court regarding Next Generation EU” by René Repasi

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