Top German court to hold hearing on euro fund

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court says it will hold a hearing next week on applications for injunctions against the eurozone's permanent rescue fund and Europe's new budget-discipline pact.

Germany's Parliament voted by a wide majority last Friday to approve both the €500 billion ($633 billion) rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism, and the budget pact — the so-called fiscal compact, a cherished project of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Opponents swiftly applied to the Federal Constitutional Court for injunctions blocking the plans while judges consider whether they're in line with German law. The court said Monday it will hold a hearing on the complaints July 10.

The ESM can't take effect without Germany's approval. President Joachim Gauck has agreed not to sign the legislation before the court rules on calls for injunctions.

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