German Party Takes Lisbon Treaty to Constitutional Court

DW world
27.06.2008

Germany’s Left Party intends to apply to the Constitutional Court to have the European Union’s reform treaty, the Treaty of Lisbon, declared unconstitutional, the minority socialist party announced Thursday, June 27.

The announcement came a month after the upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, passed the legislation ratifying the treaty. The lower house, the Bundestag, passed the necessary legislation in April.

The Left said in Berlin its twin applications, placed before the court on Wednesday, were based on the grounds that the treaty infringed the principle of democracy and the rights of members of the German parliament.

The first related to the division of powers between the main organs of state, the upper and lower houses of parliament, the Constitutional Court and the president.

Some see parliamentary power at stake

Left parliamentary caucus head Gregor Gysi said parliamentary powers were at stake, along with those of the court itself, although he said he was a “firm supporter of European integration.”

The Left sees the treaty as giving too much power to the European Council, the council of the heads of state and government, at the expense of national parliaments and the European Parliament.

In the second, Left member of parliament Diether Dehm applied to the court on the grounds that the rights of members of parliament were infringed.

“This false, soulless and militaristic treaty will endanger the EU,” Dehm said.

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