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Jun 9, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Cardinal sees support from on high in Poland draw

WARSAW, June 9 (Reuters) – The heavens must have backed
Poland, the Archbishop of Krakow blogged on Saturday, revealing
he prayed for their keeper Przemyslaw Tyton, who made a stunning
penalty save in their opening 1-1 draw with Greece at Euro 2012.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz is an active blogger and has
commented extensively on Euro 2012. The 73-year-old is one of
the most prominent Catholic figures in deeply devout Poland, and
served as private secretary to Polish Pope John Paul II.

Jun 9, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Warsaw proud of safe carnival mood at Euro opener

WARSAW, June 9 (Reuters) – Warsaw’s mayor on Saturday
praised the safe party atmosphere in the city for the opening
night of Euro 2012, during which some 140,000 people passed
through the fan zone and police reported only a handful of
incidents.

“We have three weeks to go of course but we had huge crowds
and football fans enjoyed themselves in a carnival atmosphere,”
Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz told a news conference.

Jun 9, 2012

Warsaw proud of safe carnival mood at Euro opener

WARSAW (Reuters) – Warsaw’s mayor on Saturday praised the safe party atmosphere in the city for the opening night of Euro 2012, during which some 140,000 people passed through the fan zone and police reported only a handful of incidents.

“We have three weeks to go of course but we had huge crowds and football fans enjoyed themselves in a carnival atmosphere,” Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz told a news conference.

Jun 8, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Greece can overcome defensive blows – Santos

WARSAW, June 8 (Reuters) – Greece coach Fernando Santos
played down his mounting defensive problems at Euro 2012 after
Sokratis Papastathopoulos was sent off and fellow centre back
Avraam Papadopoulos suffered an injury in their 1-1 draw with
Poland on Friday.

Papastathopoulos was harshly dismissed for a second yellow
card just before halftime in the Group A opener and will be
banned for one game. Papadopoulos was substituted in the 37th
minute.

Jun 8, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Proud co-hosts Poland ready to party

WARSAW, June 8 (Reuters) – Thousands of proud Poles donned
their national red and white colours and turned central Warsaw
into a party zone on Friday, ignoring rain and gloomy skies to
count down to Poland’s match against Greece which opens Euro
2012.

“It is great to have so many people here, I’m really
excited, and so glad to have the Euro in Poland,” said 25-year
old student Slawek Wojciechowski ahead of the opening ceremony
for the tournament, which is being co-hosted with Ukraine.

Jun 8, 2012

Stasi and spies – a fan’s life under Socialism

WARSAW (Reuters) – When Hans-Christian Maass travelled from East Berlin to Warsaw four decades ago to watch West Germany play Poland he thought he was seizing a rare chance to see some of the finest footballers in a generation.

East Germany’s Communist authorities viewed the then 21-year-old’s trip very differently.

Jun 8, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Stasi and spies – a fan’s life under Socialism

WARSAW, June 8 (Reuters) – When Hans-Christian Maass
travelled from East Berlin to Warsaw four decades ago to watch
West Germany play Poland he thought he was seizing a rare chance
to see some of the finest footballers in a generation.

East Germany’s Communist authorities viewed the then
21-year-old’s trip very differently.

Jun 7, 2012

Insight: Crisis doubts take root among German firms

ALPEN, Germany (Reuters) – The ploughs that made German farm machinery firm Lemken its name line the factory forecourt like a row of modernist sculptures, with jutting spokes and sinister-looking blades.

Based in an agricultural region close to the Dutch border, this is an archetypal German “Mittelstand” company, family-owned over seven generations and still catering to the same farmer clientele served by its founder, blacksmith Wilhelmus Lemken, in 1780.

Jun 7, 2012

Crisis doubts take root among German firms

ALPEN, Germany, June 7 (Reuters) – The ploughs that made
German farm machinery firm Lemken its name line the factory
forecourt like a row of modernist sculptures, with jutting
spokes and sinister-looking blades.

Based in an agricultural region close to the Dutch border,
this is an archetypal German “Mittelstand” company, family-owned
over seven generations and still catering to the same farmer
clientele served by its founder, blacksmith Wilhelmus Lemken, in
1780.

May 22, 2012

“Elite” asparagus conquers Germany’s former East

BEELITZ, Germany, May 22 (Reuters) – Present a spear of
finger-thick white asparagus to a German and watch her eyes
light up.

Come spring-time each year Germans shed their typically
sober attitude towards food to swoon over the freshness, the
flavour and the girth of their asparagus.