Here’s some advice for UK pundits who want to write on the German constitutional court: get in touch with someone trained in German constitutional law. /thread
I agree with several of the statements in this column. There are some mistakes, however. For example the second senate is not in charge of EU-related rulings in general. The famous right to be forgotten decisions were handed down down by the 1st senate.
And of course, there are loads of reasons that allow you to coherently agree with the decision on climate change but to disagree with the PSPP decision. In constitutional law terms they are quite diffferent.
They both apply the Grundgesetz, though ;-).
Some sources: division of competences between the senates - you’ll find the applicable law here…]
The press release on the PSPP decision…
The press release on the federal climate change decision…

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To students: identifying your sources - and knowing what information is trustworthy - is vital in the Internet environment. Mistakes happen particularly if you write about foreign jurisdictions. And they can happen to the best of us. /1
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