President of the German Constitutional Court  Andreas Vosskuhle: court has asked the European Court of Justice for an expedited ruling on whether the ECB crisis-era asset purchase programme, worth over €2.3 trillion, broke the bank’s own ban on financing governments.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The campaign of Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland against European Central Bank bond-buying got a shot in the arm on Tuesday with a refe(...)

Germany’s constitutional court gave its conditional consent to Germany participating in the Outright Monetary Transactions programme, saying it “does not violate the complainants’ rights”. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Germany’s highest court has dismissed constitutional challenges to the ECB’s bond-buying programme, Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT), presented b(...)

The courtroom of Germany’s Constitutional Court is pictured during the ruling on the legality of a European Central Bank emergency bond-buying scheme in Karlsruhe, Germany on Tuesday. (Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters)

Germany’s highest court has dismissed constitutional challenges to the ECB’s bond-buying programme OMT, presented by the Frankfurt bank at the height(...)

The second senate of the German federal constitutional court opens a hearing on a ban of Germany’s far-right National Democratic Party  at the court in Karlsruhe, Germany: over three days the eight-judge court will hear why the NPD deserves to be banned or not. Photograph: Marijan Murat/EPA

German federal states have launched a second attempt to ban the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) in a contested case critics say wi(...)