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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.

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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
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