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Even if a two/third majority is needed - I doubt that and the Wissenschaftliche Dienst is not the constitutional court after all - SPD and Greens will support the government on this question. There won't be a rebellion on this side, either.

The unhappiness is real, but there will be no consequences yet.

by IM on Wed Apr 13th, 2011 at 09:26:36 AM EST
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Finland may block Portugal aid
Bundestag's revolt gains support

The Bundestag's revolt against the ESM procedures also gathered pace (see our morning briefing yesterday), after the publication of the court of auditor's report warning that the liabilities for the German taxpayers may be higher than foreseen so far. MPs are angry at Wolfgang Schäuble for informing only the Bundestag's budgetary committee on negotiations around the EMS and not the entire parliament. "The whole parliament has to be involved", Gunther Kirchbaum, the chairman of the European affairs committee, told Handelsblatt. So far it is unclear how the parliament will be involved. There are tricky issues to be solved. There is for example the five-year period in which the participating states contribute the paid in capital with a total volume of €80bn. In case of a big rescue operation the states may have to top up their participation. It is unclear what the parliament's influence would be. The parliamentarians of the three coalition parties CDU, CSU and FDP want to work closely together to get a maximum of Bundestag involvement.



Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 14th, 2011 at 04:03:29 AM EST
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How many divisions has Gunther Kirchbaum?

I doubt anything serious will happen.

by IM on Thu Apr 14th, 2011 at 12:25:36 PM EST
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In the afternoon I tried to find some German media reaction (I started in taz), but it was practically nil: one short Spiegel Online reproduction of the news, nothing in any of the other major media outlets.

Over the past few years, in spite of his position, Krichbaum himself doesn't seem to be high on the media radar.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Apr 14th, 2011 at 01:50:28 PM EST
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