Germany ‘s top court ruled that Germany ‘s central bank must stop buying government bonds within three months unless the ECB can prove the purchases are needed. The verdict deals a blow to the 2-trillion-euro ( $ 2.17 trillion ) public sector purchase program credited with keeping the euro zone afloat over the past five years. The ruling also raises questions about the future of the EU and whether the bond buy back programs are simply financing smaller countries’ debt.

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