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Robert Wargas


September 12, 2012 - 6:25 am

An important update to those who are following developments in the Eurozone financial crisis, otherwise known as the abolition of Germany: today, September 12, the German Constitutional Court shot down lawsuits seeking to prevent the country from participating in the so-called European Stability Mechanism (ESM), which Der Spiegel and others have aptly called “the permanent euro bailout fund.” This, contra the Maastricht Treaty, makes Eurozone nations officially liable for other member nations’ financial stupidity by permanently institutionalizing the idea of the bailout. By shooting down the injunction requests, the German court has essentially given the Bundestag the green light to ratify the ESM.

The case is the largest in the history of the court, as 37,000 German citizens have joined the complaint. It was never likely the court would rule in their favor, just as it’s not likely that we’ll ever again see a case that has brought together, in Germany at least, such a confluence of opinion in criticizing Eurozone finance from the left, right, and center. As Klaus Regling, head of the current but temporary European Financial Stability Facility, has said: “Without Germany, the ESM is pointless.” And with the ESM, Germany is pointless.

Robert Wargas is a contributor to PJ Media. A native of Long Island, he was educated at the City University of New York and Yale University, and has also written for The Daily Telegraph of London and The Weekly Standard. Outside of opinion writing, he has worked as a professional historian for a major research laboratory and university, documenting the history of biotechnology since the 1970s. He has also reported for both weekly and daily newspapers, including Newsday. He maintains a personal blog/website at Follow him on Twitter @RobertWargas
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