Earlier on July 29th, the four prominent opponents to Maastricht, the euro and the bailouts, Wilhelm Hankel, Wilhelm Noelling, Karl Albrecht Schachtschneider and Joachim Starbatty, joined by publisher Bruno Bandulet, had announced they will go against the ESM at the German Constitutional Court. They do so on grounds that the permanent bailout fund is entirely anti-democratic and economically disastrous, as it leads Europe into a "fiscal, liability and debt union" and destroys the European economies.
Their case is joined by the Free Voters party, and will be presented at a Berlin press conference on July 2. Beside Schachtschneider, Free Voters party chairman Hubert Aiwanger will be present, as well as Stephan Werhahn, a grandson of Germany's postwar Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.
The German parliament, the Bundestag, ratified the Fiscal Pact and the ESM yesterday evening after a two-and-a-half-hour debate, which also featured passionate appeals by the opponents from all parties not to vote for the two laws. The ESM was passed 493-106 votes, with 5 abstentions; the Pact was passed 491-111, with 6 abstentions.
Peter Danckert (Social Democrat), Peter Gauweiler (Christian Social Union), and Sahra Wagenknecht (Linke) announced legal complaints against the two laws, to be filed at the constitutional court tonight. Gauweiler — who had called for a referendum to be held on the two laws, because they interfere with the constitutionality of Germany — also made known that the Green Party group in the Bavarian state parliament (Landtag) will go to court against the Pact and ESM as well.
The Bundesrat, the chamber of the 16 German states, was to debate and pass the two laws tonight as well, with an expected two-thirds majority.