The possibilities of a broad set of bailout programs for Europe’s weak nations rests in part with the top Germany court — the Constitutional Court. On Wednesday it will announce whether the German government can participate in these plans without violating the law of the land. Should the court vote no, the German contribution to these rescue mechanisms would largely disappear. Without the weight of the region’s largest economy by gross domestic product behind it, most of the plans would have to be scuttled.
Angela Merkel may be the most powerful woman in Europe, but this week the chancellor’s plans to save the euro lie in the hands of Andreas Vosskuhle, the supreme court judge known as Germany’s most powerful man.
Douglas A. McIntyre