German constitutional court bans immigration law

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at
Wed Dec 18 03:56:47 MST 2002

Another blow for red-green in Germany. Especially the new immigration law
was seen by the Greens as one of their major achievements. Given the high
unemployment numbers, on-going strikes in the public sector, the confusion
about German participation in an attack on Iraq the future is looking very,
very dark for Schroeder.
If now miracle happens the SPD will loose key elections in two federal
states at the beginning of February. Afterwards anything will be possible...


>From the BBC website at:

Wednesday, 18 December, 2002, 09:47 GMT
German court bans immigration law

A controversial German immigration law designed to bring in thousands of
highly-skilled foreign workers has been struck down by the country's highest
The supreme court ruled in favour of a group of conservative politicians,
who had argued that the bill passed through parliament illegally.

The bill was due to come into force in two weeks' time.

Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrat-led government introduced the
law in an attempt to fill skills shortages in the German labour market.

Six of Germany's conservative-run states challenged the bill's legality,
claiming that one disputed vote in favour of the law should not have

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