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German Top Court Delays ESM Launch

1y ago
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The launch of the eurozone's permanent rescue fund could be delayed by months after Germany's top court said it needs time to judge if it would be constitutional for the nation to contribute. The European Stability Mechanism or ESM was scheduled to be in place on July 1st with Germany contributing nearly 30 percent of capital. The ESM will replace existing temporary bailout measures when they expire next year. German Constitutional Court President Andreas Vosskuhle said in a court hearing on Tuesday that more time is needed to make a decision so errors can be avoided. He indicated the court will need months instead of weeks as initially expected. German opposition lawmakers are demanding a halt to the approval process. They say contributing to the ESM violates the parliament's budget authority and would be unconstitutional. Finance minister Wolfgang Schaueble called for a swift verdict and warned any significant delay could result in market turmoil.