• Germany's news in English

Pope's visit delays crucial euro-vote

The Local · 31 Aug 2011, 08:13

Published: 31 Aug 2011 08:13 GMT+02:00

The pope is due to address parliament on September 22 and a number of deputies have also asked for time off to follow the pope on his official visit to Germany which will end on September 25, according to Michael Meister, deputy leader of the Christian Democrat parliamentary faction.

Chancellor Merkel's government is expected to agree Wednesday on extending the mandate of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) which will then be submitted to parliament for debate.

It had earlier been expected that a final parliamentary vote would be taken on September 23.

European leaders agreed in July to modify the EFSF by allowing it to buy sovereign debt in public markets and loan money to eurozone governments and commercial banks under certain conditions.

The reforms must be ratified by lawmakers across the 17-nation eurozone, which has raised concern that it could be a lengthy process.

Story continues below…


The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

09:41 August 31, 2011 by raandy
Of course the Pope is after all German.
09:47 August 31, 2011 by freechoice
God Bless Germany! YEAH!
11:32 August 31, 2011 by marimay
Nice to see they have their priorities straight.....
14:47 August 31, 2011 by jbaker
The Roman Catholic Church owns more land and has more assets(Money) than all the European Union combined. They used to control most of Europe and parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Their Power and Wealth did not disappear, it has been well hidden. for centuries.

Their vote has been held off for good(or evil) reasons. We are being controlled by something far worse than our elected political officials,

Wake up out of your stagnant and controlled view of this world and teach yourself the Truth! The Truth is all around us, YOU just have to open your eyes and see it.
17:59 August 31, 2011 by William Thirteen
that's ridiculous. they want time off to follow the Pope on tour? what - does he have the good acid?
18:01 August 31, 2011 by ECSNatale
If stores can't be open on Sunday, does that mean there won't be any sales of Catholic trinkets during the pope's visit on Sunday?
23:47 August 31, 2011 by wxman
I love all you anti-Catholic athiests. You need to group up with the Islamo-Fascists in their effort to take over the EVIL Western World!
05:26 September 1, 2011 by jbaker
I am not anti-catholic-atheist-islam or any religion. The whole world is filled with EVIL. The symptom is the Organised Religions - The root of the EVIL is the thoughts that humanity puts into these Religions and their subsequent actions to control others into their beliefs.
08:40 September 1, 2011 by frankiep
Right.....because evil never existed, and people didn't do sick crap before organised religion. And sick, evil stuff is unheard of in modern day atheistic societies like the former Soviet Union, North Korea, etc. Just admit already that you are vehemently anti-religion and stop trying to BS about it.
18:55 September 1, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
"Catholic" actually means "Universal", as in the universal christian church. Believe me, I strongly dislike "happy-clappy" churches, with their hypocritical behavior and their audicity to claim they know what God wants (if you do that, you won't get into heaven!). However, the Pope is not only a leader but a symbol in the modern world to slow down and be considerate, and he preaches tolerence and forgiveness. What is so wrong with that? Don't allow your misinformation and rumors determine your attitude to something potentially very good. Wake up. The real predators are those who get their Pastor degree online, and then start a "church" and dupe people out of their money and their rationality, by preaching fear and nonesense.
09:48 September 2, 2011 by marimay
"However, the Pope is not only a leader but a symbol in the modern world to slow down and be considerate, and he preaches tolerence and forgiveness. "

Are the germans even paying attention then? lol
Today's headlines
Germany-denying beauty king fights cops with guns, teeth
Left: Adrian Ursache in his glam days as the 1998 Mr. Germany. Right: Police trying to evict him from his own 'country'. Photos: DPA.

Former Mr. Germany winner and founder of a group that denies the existence of Germany refused to be evicted, provoking a shootout - and bite-out - with police.

Politicians renew call to bring Snowden to Germany

Green and Die Linke (Left Party) politicians are asking that NSA surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden be allowed into Germany for an ongoing investigation.

Merkel urged to address Turkmenistan rights record
Angela Merkel with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. Photo: DPA

Human Rights Watch on Thursday urged Chancellor Angela Merkel to bring up major rights violations, including a "policy of disappearances", when Germany hosts the president of Turkmenistan next week.

Epic father-daughter comedy picked for Oscars success
A scene from film Toni Erdmann. Photo: DPA

German Films has chosen Toni Erdmann, a beefy comedy about a father's struggle to save his daughter from her isolating career, as its 2017 Oscars choice.

Germany mulls pullout from Turkish airbase: report
A German Tornado jet at the Incirlik base in Turkey. Photo: Bundeswehr/DPA.

Germany's military is preparing to pull out from a Turkish airbase as a row between the two NATO partners escalates, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Thursday.

German man arrested over Bali meth lab
Bali. Photo: DPA

A German man has been arrested on Indonesia's Bali island for allegedly making crystal methamphetamine in a secret lab, officials said Thursday, with authorities seizing bags of powders and bottles used to produce the drug.

Giant 2-metre catfish attacks woman in Bavarian lake
A wels catfish. Photo: DPA

When a young woman went for a swim in an idyllic south Bavarian region, she got more than she bargained for.

Mayor fires refugee project intern for wearing headscarf
File photo: DPA.

A Palestinian who was hired to work as an intern on a refugee project was fired by a town hall this week because she wouldn't take off her headscarf.

President who pioneered Moscow ties dies aged 97
Former Cold War President of West Germany Walter Scheel. Photo: DPA.

Former West German president Walter Scheel, who helped pave the way for his country's rapprochement with the communist East, has died aged 97, his party's spokesman said on Wednesday.

Former East to lag behind West for years to come: study
Poverty in eastern Germany. File photo: DPA

Eastern Germany remains economically anaemic with little prospect of catching up with the rest of the country by 2030, a study published on Wednesday said.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Germany's 17 Olympic gold medals in pictures
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
Sponsored Article
Life in Jordan: 'Undiscovered treasure'
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
14 facts you never knew about the Brandenburg Gate
Ten times Germans proved they really, really love beer
Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
What's on in Germany: events for August 2016
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Six things you need to know when moving to Germany
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
Sponsored Article
Jordan Pass: your ticket to the experience of a lifetime
German scientists prove birds can sleep while flying
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
London v. Berlin: Which is better for startups?
13 mortifying mistakes German learners always make
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Enter if you dare: Berlin's best abandoned haunts
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
10 rookie errors all Brits make when they arrive in Germany
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Sponsored Article
Jordan: where history meets adventure
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Six soothing day trips to escape the bustle of Berlin
'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
How two gay dads cut through German red tape to start a family
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd