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German Court’s ESM Ruling Won’t Be Delayed by Judge Removal Bid

Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The top German constitutional court’s Sept. 12 ruling on the country’s participation in the European Stability Mechanism won’t be delayed by a motion to remove a judge for bias.

The request was filed by a plaintiff whose suit isn’t part of the group of cases to be decided next week, Judith Blohm, a spokeswoman for the based Federal Constitution Court in Karlsruhe, said in an interview today. The motion “won’t change the court agenda,” she said.

The plaintiff argues Judge Peter Huber should be removed because he used to work for “Mehr Demokratie e.V.,” an organization that has initiated multiple complaints against Germany’s ESM participation.

The 500 billion-euro ($631 billion) ESM, designed to bail out indebted euro-area member states beginning this year, will replace the temporary 440 billion-euro European Financial Stability Facility, which was set up in May 2010 to fight the bloc’s debt crisis.

To contact the reporter on this story: Karin Matussek in Berlin at kmatussek@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@Bloomberg.net.

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