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Jun 13, 2014

Striker turned defender Durm gives Germany more options

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany’s Erik Durm was an obscure striker playing in the German third division last year before Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp converted him into a defender.

The 22-year-old was not even on the radar of Germany coach Joachim Loew until recently but his fairytale journey to the World Cup might even lead him into the starting lineup.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Striker turned defender Durm gives Germany more options

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Germany’s Erik Durm was an obscure striker playing in the German third division last year before Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp converted him into a defender.

The 22-year-old was not even on the radar of Germany coach Joachim Loew until recently but his fairytale journey to the World Cup might even lead him into the starting lineup.

Jun 6, 2014

Weidmann says ECB cut rates only after tough wrangling

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – European Central Bank Governing
Council member Jens Weidmann said there had been tough wrangling
within the ECB before the decision to ease monetary policy and
he said it would be absurd to start discussing further measures
already.

The ECB cut interest rates to record lows on Thursday,
launched a series of measures to pump money into the sluggish
euro zone economy, and pledged to do more if needed to fight off
the risk of Japan-like deflation.

Jun 2, 2014

Tax-evading German soccer boss Hoeness starts jail term -report

BERLIN, June 2 (Reuters) – Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness began a 3-1/2-year jail sentence on Monday after being convicted in March of evading $40 million in taxes, German media reported on Monday.

The state prosecutor in Munich declined to comment on the report and said there would be no official confirmation.

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.

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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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