Parties skeptical toward the European Union may benefit from today’s German court ruling that a threshold of 3 percent for the European Parliament election is unconstitutional, lawmakers and pollsters said.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras compared Greeks’ struggle with economic hardship and political turmoil with the conditions that led to the collapse of the Weimar Republic in post-World War I Germany and ushered in the Nazi era.
In the spring of 1945, Harald Quandt, a 23-year-old officer in the German Luftwaffe, was being held as a prisoner of war by Allied forces in the Libyan port city of Benghazi when he received a farewell letter from his mother, Magda Goebbels -- the wife of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.
The third political showdown over U.S. government finances in little more than two years eroded consumer confidence, drew a warning from President Barack Obama about the threat to the economy, and dented the government’s global reputation.
In recent years, Senator Rand Paul has called for abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service. He’s urged an audit of the Federal Reserve. He’s questioned the constitutionality of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Pope Francis put German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst on leave pending an audit of a 31 million-euro ($43 million) project for a new residence in the diocese of Limburg that prompted outrage among parishioners.
Germany, with the help of the European Central Bank, has achieved a level of dominance in Europe it hasn’t enjoyed since World War II. It is to that period, and a bit earlier, that it might look for lessons on how to save a troubled European project.