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Exceeding Judicial Competence in the Name of Democracy: The German Federal Constitutional Court's OMT Reference

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 August 2014


First preliminary reference of the German Federal Constitutional Court – ECB Outright Monetary Transaction Programme (OMT) – Financial crisis – Ultra vires review – Principle of democracy – Judicial dialogue – Separation of powers – National constitutional identity – Mandate of the ECB – Article 123 TFEU – Article 18.1 ESCB-Statute – Economic and monetary policy – Honeywell test partially abandoned – Pringle judgment inverted – No margin of discretion for the ECB – Necessity, and prohibition of functional misuse, under Article 267 TFEU – Comparative reasoning

Copyright © T.M.C. Asser Press and the Authors 2014 

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