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May 30, 2014

Ukraine tells Russia part payment of back gas bill on its way

BERLIN, May 30 (Reuters) – Ukraine told Russia on Friday a
$786 million partial payment for back gas bills was on its way
to Moscow, clearing the way for further talks on Monday,
European Union mediator Guenther Oettinger said on Friday.

The partial payment on a bill that Russia says could exceed
$5 billion by next week also averted an immediate threat that
Russia would stop supplying gas to Ukraine if it fails to make
advance payments.

May 28, 2014

Merkel says lessons of world wars strengthened her Crimea stance

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she had taken a firm stance against Russia’s annexation of Crimea in part due to the lessons of two world wars, but added it was vital to keep talking with Moscow.

Speaking to students at the opening of an exhibition on World War One, Merkel said her insistence that Russian President Vladimir Putin join her and other Western leaders in Normandy, France on June 6 for ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings was to avoid past mistakes.

May 26, 2014

EU says further progress made in Ukraine-Russia gas row

BERLIN, May 26 (Reuters) – Europe’s Energy Commissioner said
on Monday Ukraine and Russia had made further progress in a
dispute over gas prices and his proposal that Ukraine to pay $2
billion of back debt by Thursday could pave the way for further
talks on Friday.

Speaking after three-way talks with Russia’s and Ukraine’s
energy ministers, Guenther Oettinger said the two governments
would study his proposal that Ukraine pay Russia $2 billion by
Thursday and a further $500 million by June 7.

May 22, 2014

Globetrotting Germans dig deep for Brazilian adventure

BERLIN (Reuters) – For globetrotting Germans who love to travel and love soccer, the World Cup in Brazil could be about as close to paradise as many might come.

Some like Alex Schmeichel and six friends will spend 10,000 euros ($13,700) each – some taking out loans worth as much as a small car – to follow Germany around Brazil next month when the three-time World Cup winners try to win an elusive fourth title.

May 22, 2014

Soccer-Globetrotting Germans dig deep for Brazilian adventure

BERLIN, May 22 (Reuters) – For globetrotting Germans who love to travel and love soccer, the World Cup in Brazil could be about as close to paradise as many might come.

Some like Alex Schmeichel and six friends will spend 10,000 euros ($13,700) each – some taking out loans worth as much as a small car – to follow Germany around Brazil next month when the three-time World Cup winners try to win an elusive fourth title.

May 12, 2014

Tax cheat Hoeness wants different jail due security fears: report

BERLIN (Reuters) – Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, convicted in March of evading $40 million in taxes, has filed a formal protest about his jail due to security and privacy fears, a German magazine reported on Monday.

Hoeness’s lawyers filed an objection to Bavarian state plans to send the 62-year-old to the Landsberg prison because 157 reporters were allowed to tour the 114-year-old facility shortly after his conviction, Focus magazine reported.

May 11, 2014

Juncker says Merkel assured him of Commission presidency if EPP wins

BERLIN (Reuters) – Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday he had won assurances from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that he would become the next European Commission president if their centre-right bloc wins the European parliamentary elections on May 22-25.

Juncker’s comments, made in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper, contrasted with Merkel’s own suggestion on Saturday that the real choice might be made – as in the past – only after prolonged horse-trading between national governments.

May 11, 2014

Schroeder says his Putin meeting helped free OSCE hostages

BERLIN (Reuters) – Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Sunday his controversial meeting with Vladimir Putin helped win the release of European military observers held in eastern Ukraine days later and he urged the West to stop focusing on sanctions on Russia.

Criticized for media pictures that showed him warmly embracing the Russian president at an April 28 meeting in St. Petersburg, Schroeder said he appealed to Putin to do what he could to free the seven Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe observers. They were released on May 3.

Apr 29, 2014

German government distances itself from Schroeder after his Putin meeting

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government and media distanced themselves from ex Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Tuesday after pictures depicting him in an embrace with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Monday evening were published.

Schroeder’s office had no comment on the pictures, which according to the media reports were taken outside the Yusupov Palace where Schroeder was attending a belated celebration in honor of his 70th birthday on April 7.

Apr 29, 2014

German govt distances itself from Schroeder after his Putin meeting

BERLIN, April 29 (Reuters) – The German government and media
distanced themselves from ex Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on
Tuesday after pictures depicting him in an embrace with Russian
President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on Monday evening
were published.

Schroeder’s office had no comment on the pictures, which
according to the media reports were taken outside the Yusupov
Palace where Schroeder was attending a belated celebration in
honour of his 70th birthday on April 7.

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      "Erik Kirschbaum is based in Berlin. He has been covering politics, economics, entertainment and sport in Germany since 1989 from Frankfurt, Bonn and Berlin. He also has worked for Reuters in Vienna. Previously, he also worked for newspapers in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Nevada. He has also written two books."
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