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it seems from the press reports that Karlsruhe continues to uphold its German exception, that being, their own right to annul EU laws they see as being in conflict with the German Grundgesetz.

This is a fundamental nonsense.  The EU is not subject to German Sovereignty.  Germany has derogated some of its Sovereignty to the EU by way of Treaties such as the Maastricht Treaty.  Similarly the Irish Parliament or courts cannot overrule the EP or Council in matters derogated to them by Treaty.  The final arbiter in such disputes is the EJC, not an Irish or German Court.

This is analogous to the USA signing up to the Geneva Conventions on Torture, but then failing to recognise the right of the International Court established under that Convention to rule on whether US citizens have committed torture or war crimes or not.

Its a classic case of - this applies to everyone else bar us - we are Sovereign over all.  A dangerous Precedent.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jul 2nd, 2009 at 07:52:12 PM EST
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