Germany Karlsruhe court scraps E.U. vote threshold

Feb 26, 2014, 7:16 AM EST
Anti-government protesters are pictured while wearing a European Union flag behind a barricade on Hrushevskoho Street on February 8, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
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Germany's top court has declared unconstitutional a rule requiring parties to win at least 3% of the vote to enter the European Parliament. The government lowered the threshold from 5% last year but the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said the threshold should be abolished. The ruling paves the way for several smaller parties to win seats in the May 2014 elections.
Background:
Germany Karlsruhe court scraps E.U. vote threshold [BBC]
The euro after the Karlsruhe ruling [Financial Times]