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BRUSSELS SUES GERMANY

By Pete Moore On June 9th, 2021

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Brussels has launched legal action against Germany for defying it over a massive European Central Bank stimulus programme in a challenge to the supremacy of EU law.

In an unprecedented move, the European Commission retaliated on Wednesday by starting infringement proceedings against Germany.

Unless the dispute is resolved, the legal action could ultimately lead to huge, daily fines levied by the Luxembourg court.

It comes after the German constitutional court ruled that the European Court of Justice had overstepped its powers by backing the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing and bond-buying last May to curtail the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is an intriguing case. The German constitutional court was quite clear that Brussels had overstepped its legal authority. If the judgement goes against Germany, and it surrenders, all EU member states might as well dismantle their constitutional courts. If the German constitutional court can be argued into surrender then, de facto, the EU is a superstate. Brussels ought to be careful. We have seen how its overreach results in member states deciding to leave.

3 Responses to “BRUSSELS SUES GERMANY”

  1. Unless the dispute is resolved, the legal action could ultimately lead to huge, daily fines levied by the Luxembourg court.

    Pete

    I know you will pardon my cynicism, but the EU has been here before quite a few times. And unlike the Titanic, it always swerves past the iceberg.

  2. Good ol’ Ballina Joe. He’s now getting tough with Johnson on the NI protocol.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/biden-intervention-with-johnson-in-ni-protocol-row-significant-taoiseach-says-1.4589507

  3. Noel Biden is going to have zero influence on the protocols. What everyone at the G7 is waiting to see is just how stable or unstable Biden is, and by unstable I don’t mean dottering I mean stable in policy.

    Biden is all over the board on foreign policy. Whose plan is he following, his plan, Obama’s plan or just a fly by your seat plan. Remember Biden likes to use leverage what at one time was called quid pro quo, but is actually now just good ole Joe. So if the Irish can see a way of making an investment with Hunter’s company Joe might just tell the Brits to do as he says or he’ll screw them on the trade deal… and by gum I’ll bet then the Irish would get their protocols…..

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