Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Well, there's the decision of the German Constitutional Court, which might yet kill the ESM and with it the ECB's policy announced yesterday:
54% of Germans want the Constitutional Court to say No

Most commentators are heavily discounting a Yes, or Yes but vote by Germany's Constitutional Court on the ESM next week. Spiegel Online reports of a poll showing that 54% of Germans want the court to say No. Only 25% want the Court to reject the case. The poll shows that the German public has become increasingly hostile (a sentiment no doubt whipped by the Bundesbank and comments such as those above.)  53% are against transferring further competences to the EU, while 43% want Greece out of the eurozone. Der Spiegel made the point that a No vote by the Constitutional Court would also automatically killed off Draghi's OMT.

In another article, Spiegel reports on the political reaction to the decision. Most of it is unremarkable. But we were struck by a comment from Jurgen Trittin, head of the Greens in the parliament, who said that the OMT would greatly increase the risk that Germany's ESM contribution and credit guaranties would be defaulted on. He said by refusing eurobonds, Angela Merkel has forced the ECB to monetise debt through the backdoor.

(Eurointelligence upthread)

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 7th, 2012 at 05:16:53 AM EST
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