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Sep 3, 2014

Germany’s Loew says time for World Cup party to wind down

DUESSELDORF Germany (Reuters) – There is nothing wrong with savouring July’s fourth World Cup win as far as Germany coach Joachim Loew is concerned, but he said it was now time for the party to start winding down.

Loew was surprisingly unperturbed after his team’s woeful performance in a 4-2 home defeat to Argentina in a rematch of the World Cup final.

Sep 3, 2014

Soccer-Germany’s Loew says time for World Cup party to wind down

DUESSELDORF, Germany, Sept 3 (Reuters) – There is nothing wrong with savouring July’s fourth World Cup win as far as Germany coach Joachim Loew is concerned, but he said it was now time for the party to start winding down.

Loew was surprisingly unperturbed after his team’s woeful performance in a 4-2 home defeat to Argentina in a rematch of the World Cup final.

Sep 3, 2014

Soccer-Di Maria dazzles as Argentina crush Germany

DUESSELDORF, Germany, Sept 3 (Reuters) – A brilliant performance from Angel Di Maria spurred Argentina to a crushing 4-2 friendly win over world champions Germany on Wednesday in an entertaining rematch of July’s World Cup final.

Despite the absence of injured captain Lionel Messi, Argentina ran circles around the World Cup winners on their home turf in the first match for both teams since Germany’s 1-0 extra-time victory in the final in Brazil.

Sep 3, 2014

Di Maria dazzles as Argentina crush Germany

DUESSELDORF Germany (Reuters) – A brilliant performance from Angel Di Maria spurred Argentina to a crushing 4-2 friendly win over world champions Germany on Wednesday in an entertaining rematch of July’s World Cup final.

Despite the absence of injured captain Lionel Messi, Argentina ran circles around the World Cup winners on their home turf in the first match for both teams since Germany’s 1-0 extra-time victory in the final in Brazil.

Aug 27, 2014

Germany plans to clamp down on EU migrant benefit abuse

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government presented a draft law on Wednesday to clamp down on “welfare tourists” from European Union countries by expelling fraudsters who abuse its generous social system and block their return for up to five years.

The two ministers who presented the law said that the new rules, designed to give relief to communities stretched by an influx of Romanians and Bulgarians arriving in Germany, would not hinder free movement in the EU nor violate EU rules.

Aug 25, 2014

German conservatives clash over road toll plan

BERLIN, Aug 25 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian coalition partner
have clashed in an unusually public spat over plans to introduce
a motorway toll that critics say is designed to fleece
foreigners.

Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU) want foreign
motorists to pay tolls on German motorways and other roads. They
say it is unfair that foreigners travel for free on German
motorways while Germans have to pay tolls in neighbouring
countries such as Austria, Switzerland and France.

Aug 3, 2014

German SPD leader says tax anomaly can be eliminated before 2017

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government can lower income tax rates before the next elections due in 2017 by eliminating “bracket creep” thanks to a projected increase in tax revenues from a new minimum wage, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday.

The anomaly of “bracket creep”, or “cold progression” as it is also known in Germany, stems from the country’s tax laws. Unlike major economies such as the United States, Britain and France, thresholds in Germany’s progressive tax system are not automatically adjusted. This means that an individual’s pay rise can trigger a net pay cut.

Aug 3, 2014

Russia sanctions will hurt German economy but needed – Vice Chancellor

BERLIN, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Tough new economic sanctions
against Russia will hurt Germany’s economy but they are
necessary for the sake of peace in Europe, Vice Chancellor
Sigmar Gabriel said in a television interview on Sunday.

The European Union imposed sanctions that took effect on
Friday targeting Russia’s banking, defence and energy sectors
because of Moscow’s support for pro-Russian separatist rebels
battling Kiev’s forces in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 2, 2014

German economic growth to be hit by Ukraine crisis, Ifo head says

BERLIN, Aug 2 (Reuters) – German economic growth will shrink
towards zero in the second quarter due to the Ukraine crisis and
the tough new economic sanctions imposed on Russia from 0.8
percent in the first quarter, the head of Germany’s Ifo
institute said on Saturday.

Ifo president Hans-Werner Sinn wrote a guest column for
Wirtschaftswoche magazine in which he said the worsening crisis
meant forecasts that Europe’s largest economy would expand by
0.3 percent in the second quarter have to be revised down.

Jul 9, 2014

Too much pressure caused Brazil meltdown, say Germans

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew believes Brazil’s players were overwhelmed by the pressure of trying to win the World Cup at home, a sentiment expressed by several current and former players after their 7-1 semi-final mauling.

Germany, who have had a sport psychologist with the team since 2004, have also gone to great lengths to shield their players from the pressures at the World Cup, setting up their base at a fortress-like purpose-built compound on a remote beach in rural north-eastern Brazil.

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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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