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Feb 15, 2014

Hamburg sack coach Van Marwijk after losing run

BERLIN (Reuters) – Hamburg SV have sacked coach Bert van Marwijk after Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Bundesliga basement side Eintracht Braunschweig, a seventh straight league loss which left them second-bottom.

“We felt obliged to take this decision now although at the same time we regret it,” Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer said on Hamburg’s website (www.hsv.de).

Feb 15, 2014

Soccer-Hamburg sack coach Van Marwijk after losing run

BERLIN, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Hamburg SV have sacked coach Bert van Marwijk after Saturday’s 4-2 defeat at Bundesliga basement side Eintracht Braunschweig, a seventh straight league loss which left them second-bottom.

“We felt obliged to take this decision now although at the same time we regret it,” Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer said on Hamburg’s website (www.hsv.de).

Feb 15, 2014

Bayern crush Freiburg 4-0 before Arsenal European clash

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich crushed Freiburg 4-0 on Saturday, recording their 13th successive Bundesliga victory and extending their league unbeaten streak to 46.

It was perfect preparation for Wednesday’s Champions League knockout round clash at Arsenal with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola taking the opportunity to rest four key players: Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Thiago and Mario Goetze.

Feb 15, 2014

Soccer-Bayern crush Freiburg 4-0 before Arsenal European clash

BERLIN, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich crushed Freiburg 4-0 on Saturday, recording their 13th successive Bundesliga victory and extending their league unbeaten streak to 46.

It was perfect preparation for Wednesday’s Champions League knockout round clash at Arsenal with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola taking the opportunity to rest four key players: Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Thiago and Mario Goetze.

Feb 15, 2014

Merkel coalition under strain over conservative minister’s ouster

BERLIN (Reuters) – Conservative allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel rebuked their Social Democrat governing partner on Saturday over actions that led to the ouster of a minister, deepening concern about the future of her two-month-old “grand coalition”.

Friday’s resignation of Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, the latest in a series of cabinet departures under Merkel, could aggravate tensions in Berlin’s coalition at a time when it is trying to push through complex reforms of pensions and renewable energy.

Feb 14, 2014

German minister offers to resign in scandal over SPD lawmaker

BERLIN (Reuters) – A senior German minister resigned on Friday amid accusations he leaked confidential information about a fellow lawmaker suspected of possessing child pornography, dealing a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her two-month old government.

The resignation of Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich could aggravate tensions in Berlin’s new “grand coalition” at a time when it is trying to push through complex reforms of pensions and renewable energy.

Feb 14, 2014

German minister resigns over handling of child porn inquiry

BERLIN (Reuters) – A senior German minister resigned on Friday amid accusations he leaked confidential information about a fellow lawmaker suspected of possessing child pornography, dealing a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel and her two-month old government.

The resignation of Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich could aggravate tensions in Berlin’s new “grand coalition” at a time when it is trying to push through complex reforms of pensions and renewable energy.

Feb 14, 2014

German minister offers to quit over porn inquiry against MP

BERLIN (Reuters) – A senior minister in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet offered to resign on Friday for having warned the Social Democratic party about an inquiry against an SPD lawmaker for possessing child pornography, something the MP has denied.

The turmoil over the possible leaking of confidential information from prosecutors to legislator Sebastian Edathy has been front-page news and could destabilise the two-month-old coalition government in Europe’s biggest economy.

Jan 29, 2014

Germany loosens own pension rules while asking EU for austerity

BERLIN, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Germany’s coalition government
presented a pension reform plan on Wednesday that will cost 160
billion euros to 2030 by letting some workers retire earlier,
loosening the purse strings at home when Berlin has demanded
austerity from its euro zone partners.

Despite criticism from industry and the pro-business wing of
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the cabinet endorsed what is
likely to be the most expensive single measure of the
legislative period when it moves through parliament in May.

Jan 28, 2014

German engineering key ingredient for Games success

BERLIN (Reuters) – Anyone who wants to understand why Germany has won more winter Olympic medals than any other country should pay a visit to a secretive state-sponsored engineering institute near the banks of the River Spree in a forgotten corner of east Berlin.

The high-tech tinkering by engineers at the FES Institute has helped Germany win many of its 128 Winter Olympic gold medals with state-of-the-art equipment and hopes are running high for another big haul in Sochi next month.

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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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