As negotiations over the EU's new 'fiscal compact' begin in Brussels, the Bundestag promises to make its voice heard. EURACTIV Germany spoke with Patrick Sensburg, a Christian Democratic MP who chairs the Subcommittee on European Law.
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Europe not to be complacent about its peace and prosperity today (26 October) as German lawmakers approved plans to boost the firepower of the euro zone rescue fund ahead of an emergency EU summit. EU SUMMIT LIVE!
The German Bundestag voted overwhelmingly today (29 September) to approve the expansion of the eurozone's €440 billion bailout fund, turning attention to ratification in the remaining six eurozone countries that have yet to do so. EURACTIV Germany reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday said that she can not rule out letting a eurozone country default on its debts. Merkel said that this is a possibility to consider once the Eurozone has a permanent rescue fund in place.
In a one-hour interview with ARD television, Merkel said a permanent rescue fund is necessary to prevent crisis in countries such as Greece from spilling over to other countries that use the euro as their currency.
The German Constitutional Court is currently looking into whether or not the Greek aid package was legal. Plaintiff Markus Kerber spoke to EURACTIV Germany about delays to the court ruling and possible implications for the German parliament.
The Budget Committee of the Bundestag has adopted a proposal that exhorts the German government to push for the greater use of German as an official language in the EU and return the institutions' German-translated documents to Berlin.
The joint session of the Committee for European affairs of the Bundestag and the EU Delegation of the French Assemblée Nationale, which was due to take place on Wednesday 19 September, has been cancelled. It has been postponed to the end of October.