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Sep 7, 2012

Merkel braves Bavaria beer tent to pitch euro message

ABENSBERG, Germany (Reuters) – With three hours of drinking behind them when Angela Merkel entered the sweltering beer tent, the 3,000 Bavarians crammed around long wooden tables gave the German chancellor a warm and rowdy welcome.

After taking the politician’s obligatory swig, Merkel launched into her address, extolling traditional values close to Bavarian hearts and praising the predominantly Catholic state’s exemplary “laptop and lederhosen” economy.

Jul 19, 2012

German parliament defends circumcision after court ban

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s lower house of parliament passed a resolution on Thursday to protect the religious circumcision of infant boys after a district court ban on the practice outraged Muslims and Jews and sparked an emotional debate in the country.

The main political parties have criticised the ruling by a Cologne court and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has promised a new law to make clear doctors or families will not be punished for carrying out the procedure.

Jun 28, 2012

Slick Italy claim Euro 2012 final spot

WARSAW (Reuters) – Striker Mario Balotelli, whose mercurial talent and off-field antics have generated admiration and scorn, scored two superb goals in a 2-1 semi-final victory over fancied Germany on Thursday that secured a Euro 2012 final place against Spain.

Italy, who won their only European Championship in 1968, snapped Germany’s 15-match winning streak in competitive games and prolonged an agonizing 17-year period for the Germans without a win over the Italians.

Jun 28, 2012

Euro – Germany and Italy set for semi-final showdown

WARSAW (Reuters) – Three-times winners Germany take on feared foe Italy in the second Euro 2012 semi-final in Warsaw on Thursday, looking to set up a showdown with holders Spain who dispatched Portugal on penalties in a Donetsk nail-biter on Wednesday.

Joachim Loew’s young side have looked strong in the tournament, which ends on Sunday with the final in Kiev, but Germany have not beaten Italy in 17 years, and never at a major tournament.

Jun 28, 2012

Germany and Italy set for Euro semi-final showdown

WARSAW (Reuters) – Three-times winners Germany take on feared foe Italy in the second Euro 2012 semi-final in Warsaw on Thursday, looking to set up a showdown with holders Spain who dispatched Portugal on penalties in a Donetsk nail-biter on Wednesday.

Joachim Loew’s young side have looked strong in the tournament, which ends on Sunday with the final in Kiev, but Germany have not beaten Italy in 17 years, and never at a major tournament.

Jun 28, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Germany and Italy set for semi-final showdown

WARSAW, June 28 (Reuters) – Three-times winners Germany take
on feared foe Italy in the second Euro 2012 semi-final in Warsaw
on Thursday, looking to set up a showdown with holders Spain who
dispatched Portugal on penalties in a Donetsk nail-biter on
Wednesday.

Joachim Loew’s young side have looked strong in the
tournament, which ends on Sunday with the final in Kiev, but
Germany have not beaten Italy in 17 years, and never at a major
tournament.

Jun 22, 2012

Germany rubs salt in Greek wounds with soccer defeat

ATHENS/GDANSK (Reuters) – Germany humiliated Greece in the Euro 2012 soccer tournament on Friday, rubbing salt in the wounds of a nation reeling from a dire economic crisis which many blame on Berlin.

Greeks were aching for at least a measure of revenge against their euro zone tormentor in the needle match of the tournament’s quarter-finals, but it ended as yet another dashed dream with Germany rolling over their underdog rivals 4-2.

Jun 22, 2012

Gdansk “amber” stadium a big hit but stones unsold

GDANSK (Reuters) – Thousands of fans have flocked to Gdansk’s magnificent amber-hued stadium whose colour honours the city’s most famous product but the city’s jewellers are angry at how little amber they are selling.

“We usually have a lot of older German tourists in June who have a big appetite for amber, but the football is keeping them away,” said an assistant at jeweller Arbisz, close to Gdansk’s St Mary’s Church.

Jun 22, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Gdansk ‘amber’ stadium a big hit but stones unsold

GDANSK, June 22 (Reuters) – Thousands of fans have flocked
to Gdansk’s magnificent amber-hued stadium whose colour honours
the city’s most famous product but the city’s jewellers are
angry at how little amber they are selling.

“We usually have a lot of older German tourists in June who
have a big appetite for amber, but the football is keeping them
away,” said an assistant at jeweller Arbisz, close to Gdansk’s
St Mary’s Church.

Jun 22, 2012

Euro zone battle moves to the pitch as Germany play Greece

GDANSK (Reuters) – In Greece they are rubbing their hands with glee.

Ninety minutes to get even. Ninety minutes to restore lost pride. Ninety minutes for the weak to triumph over the mighty.

When Greece take the football field in the Polish coastal city of Gdansk on Friday night to battle Germany for a place in the Euro 2012 semi-final, the honor of the nation is at stake.