Agence France-PresseJune 11, 2013 05:42
Germany's highest tribunal, the Constitutional Court, began the first of two days of hearings on Tuesday on whether the European Central Bank's programme to buy up sovereign debt of struggling eurozone countries is compatible with Germany's Basic Law.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, entering the court, said he was confident that the ECB was acting within its mandate.
"We have no doubt the ECB is acting within its mandate," Schaeuble told reporters.
The government would await the court proceedings but was confident about the outcome, he added.