Court challenges to Germany’s participation in the bailout of Greece were thrown out on Wednesday, although the country’s top court warned that it was not granting “blanket” approval, and that the government must seek parliamentary approval for future bailout payments.
Bloomberg reported that the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe tossed challenges to Germany’s shares of both the current 110-billion-euro ($155 billion) rescue package for Greece and a separate 750-billion-euro Greek rescue fund that was approved last year. At the same time, however, it granted a greater voice in such decisions to Parliament, saying that Berlin must appeal to the parliamentary budget committee on any future such commitments.
Andreas Vosskuhl, president of the court, said in the ruling, “Parliamentary decisions about taxing and spending are a central element of democratic self government under the constitution. As representatives of the people, the elected members of parliament thus also need to remain in control over elementary budgetary decisions.”
Reuters reported that the judge in the case told plaintiffs, “This was a very tight decision. But it should not be mistakenly interpreted as a constitutional blank cheque authorizing further rescue measures.”