Germany’s federal economics minister, Sigmar Gabriel, was mildly critical of the ECB move. Photograph: EPA

The ECB’s bond-buying programme was greeted in Germany by isolated mild praise amid a hail of criticsim of “Draghi doping”.The euro-critical Alternati(...)

Andreas Vosskuhle, presiding judge of the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, puts on his cap after the ESM verdict in Karlsruhe, Germany. Photograph: Uli Deck/EPA

ESM chief Klaus Regling has welcomed the dismissal by Germany’s highest court of constitutional challenges to the EU’s permanent bailout fund. (...)

In  her new year’s television address this week, German chancellor Angela Merkel told  viewers she was anxious to see the EU work through its to-do list ahead of May’s European election, demonstrating greater “readiness to put into practice what we have resolved to do”. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s new year’s resolution, she told German television viewers this week, was the same as every year: to get more fresh air.But German neig(...)

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann and ECB Board member Jörg Asmussen (right) wait for the start of the hearing at the constitutional court in Karlsruhe. Photograph: Uli Deck/Pool/Reuters

European democracy has “gone to the dogs” as a result of European Central Bank sovereign bond buy-ups, according to critics of the policy at Germany’s(...)

Jörg Asmussen: said too much poking around risked reviving the uncertainty that preceded the programme’s announcement last year.

The European Central Bank has delivered a blunt warning to Germany’s highest court, telling it not to question its bond-buying programmes or risk unse(...)