Sven Giegold
Member of the European Parliament – Greens/EFA Group

Speaker of the German Green Delegation

Europe Calling “What next from Karlsruhe?” with Prof. René Repasi on Wed, 28.4. 1 p.m. CEST

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Dear friends, dear interested,

We’ve just had a lucky escape. After the green light from Karlsruhe, Germany can ratify the EU’s Corona Recovery programme. But this breathing space is no reason to relax. Every time the German Constitutional Court announces a decision on EU financial or monetary policy, the blood pressure rises in Brussels, Berlin and the European capitals. This is because the court has earned a reputation for being particularly critical of European projects through its decisions on, for example, ECB bond purchases. 

We therefore asked Prof. René Repasi to analyse for us: What surprises can we expect next from Karlsruhe:

  • Is the ECB’s bond-buying programme PSPP now constitutional after the clarifications by the ECB and the Bundesbank?
  • Is the ECB’s corona-crisis-related PEPP bond-buying programme threatened with trouble from Karlsruhe?
  • Could Karlsruhe still set limits to the corona recovery programme in the main proceedings, for instance by referring the matter to the ECJ?
  • And more generally: Why is Karlsruhe often so critical of European decisions? How can the relationship between Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court, the national supreme courts and the European Court of Justice be made future-proof?

In the next issue of Europe Calling, we would like to discuss these central questions for the future of the European community of law with the renowned European law expert Prof. René Repasi and you. Repasi studied law in Heidelberg and Montpellier and holds a doctorate in German law. As Professor of International and European Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Director of the Erasmus Research Centre for Economic and Financial Governance (ECEFG), he has analysed the decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court and will present his findings to us in the webinar.

Date: Wednesday, 28.4.2021, 13:00 – 13:45 CEST

Register here!

The webinar will be held in English and simultaneously interpreted into German.

I look forward to the discussion with you. Feel free to forward this invitation to other interested parties.

With European greetings,

Sven Giegold MEP and Franziska Brantner MP