Posted by: becketfund | December 1, 2009

Germany: Constitutional Court Rules on Sunday Store Hours

BERLIN – The Constitutional Court ruled on December 1 that Berlin’s Sunday opening hours for shops was unconstitutional, agreeing with Christian churches that Sundays must be protected from allegedly wanton consumerism, the Local reported on December 1. “A simple economic interest of merchants and the daily shopping interest of potential consumers are not fundamentally enough to justify exceptions for opening stores on these days,” said the court’s president, Judge Hans-Jürgen Papier.  Citing the so-called Weimar Church Article of the German Reich’s constitution from 1919, the justices said that Sunday had a special protected status to ensure Germans could rest from work and have time for spiritual rejuvenation.

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