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Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung - Germany | 02/03/2014

German judges question barring clause

The three percent barring clause for the European elections violates the German Basic Law, the German Constitutional Court ruled last week. By the same logic, the five percent hurdle in German elections should also come under scrutiny, the conservative Sunday paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sontagszeitung writes: "If the German Constitutional Court rules that the principle of 'one man, one vote', is more important than the efficient running of the European Parliament, of course you immediately have to think about the elections to the Bundestag. ... Strictly speaking, such unequal treatment allows only two interpretations: either the Constitutional Court doesn't take the European Parliament entirely seriously, and considers it less important than national parliaments (malicious tongues refer to it as just a talking shop), or the hurdle must sooner or later be done away with in German elections."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung - Germany | 06/02/2011

Proposals smack of planned economy

Standardising Europe's social systems and labour costs as proposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reminiscent of a planned economic system, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in disapproval: "Who tells the politicians what the ideal value for unit labour costs is in Europe? Who tells them how high taxes must optimally be? And who tells them, if you please, what the right salary is? There are good reasons to believe that standardised taxes will always be too high for one European country and too low for another. ... Above all, however, a uniform economic policy will rob the weakest countries of their biggest opportunity, namely lowering their salaries and taxes in comparison with those of other countries - so as to make their products cheaper on world markets. Using competition as a coordinating system relies on the very opposite mechanism. If the countries of Europe are able to reap the benefits of their own respective economic policies, each will have an incentive to implement better tax, wage and budget policies."

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