Germany's Federal Constitutional Court (BVG, or Bundesverfassungsgericht) is the country's high court, its main task being judicial review.
The Federal Constitutional Court is Germany's supreme court, based in Karlsruhe. Its jurisdiction primarily deals with constitutional issues. It is also regarded as a watchdog institution, keeping tabs on both parliament and government. Declaring legislation "unconstitutional" - i.e. invalidating German basic law- is within the court's powers. This page collates DW's latest content on or from the country's highest court.
The Polish government has drafted a bill which will enable it to sue those at home and abroad who describe former Nazi death camps on Polish territory during World War II as ‘Polish camps’. Now such cases will carry a court sentence under Polish law, and the country will apply for the extradition of foreigners who are found guilty of defamation. From Warsaw Julian Berner files this report.
Former SS officer Oskar Gröning, who is on trial in Lüneburg, Germany, has said he "could not have imagined" Jews coming out Auschwitz alive. The 93-year-old is accused of being an accessory to murder in 300,000 cases.
The German constitutional court has ruled against a policeman who was seeking to stop the construction of a brown coal mine from forcing him from his home. But the court also bolstered citizens' rights for future cases.