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Jun 16, 2015

Greek PM tears into lenders, euro zone prepares for ‘Grexit’

ATHENS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras lashed out at Greece’s creditors on Tuesday, accusing them of trying to “humiliate” Greeks, as he defied a drumbeat of warnings that Europe is preparing for his country to leave the euro.

The unrepentant address to lawmakers after the collapse of talks with European and IMF lenders at the weekend was the clearest sign yet that the leftist leader has no intention of making a last-minute U-turn and accepting austerity cuts needed to unlock frozen aid and avoid a debt default within two weeks.

Jun 15, 2015

Prepare for Greek ‘state of emergency’, says German EU commissioner

BERLIN, June 15 (Reuters) – The European Union needs to
start making plans for a “state of emergency” in Greece from
July 1 if Athens fails to reach an agreement with its creditors,
Germany’s EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Monday in
Berlin.

In remarks to reporters before a meeting of Chancellor
Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic party (CDU), Oettinger said
it was time to make concrete preparations for a crisis in Greece
if no deal is reached, Greece defaults and exits the euro zone.

Jun 15, 2015

Varoufakis rules out ‘Grexit’, deal possible if Merkel takes part

BERLIN, June 15 (Reuters) – Greece Finance Minister Yanis
Varoufakis said he could rule out a ‘Grexit’ because it would
not be a sensible solution to the Greek debt crisis and in a
German newspaper interview on Monday also said a debt
restructuring was the only way forward.

“I rule out a ‘Grexit’ as a sensible solution,” Varoufakis
told mass circulation Bild newspaper, referring to a possible
Greek exit from the euro zone. “But no one can rule out
everything. I can’t even rule out a comet hitting earth.”

Jun 11, 2015

Klinsmann sets U.S. on path to higher goals

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) – After stunning away wins over two European superpowers, U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann’s “get-tough” policy of taking on the world’s best appears to be vindicated as his side can look to the next World Cup without an inferiority complex.

The U.S. came from behind twice in the last five days to beat the Netherlands 4-3 on Friday and then World Cup winners Germany 2-1 on Wednesday.

Jun 11, 2015

Soccer-Klinsmann sets U.S. on path to higher goals

DUESSELDORF, Germany, June 11 (Reuters) – After stunning away wins over two European superpowers, U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann’s “get-tough” policy of taking on the world’s best appears to be vindicated as his side can look to the next World Cup without an inferiority complex.

The U.S. came from behind twice in the last five days to beat the Netherlands 4-3 on Friday and then World Cup winners Germany 2-1 on Wednesday.

Jun 10, 2015

Loew annoyed by squandered chances, Klinsmann delighted by comeback

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) – Coach Joachim Loew was left fuming after Germany allowed the U.S. to come from a goal down to beat the World Cup champions at home for first time ever on Wednesday.

Germany dominated the first half, with Mario Goetze firing them ahead in the 12th minute, but the hosts wasted their chances to lose the match 2-1.

Jun 10, 2015

Soccer-Loew annoyed by squandered chances, Klinsmann delighted by comeback

COLOGNE, Germany, June 10 (Reuters) – Coach Joachim Loew was left fuming after Germany allowed the U.S. to come from a goal down to beat the World Cup champions at home for first time ever on Wednesday.

Germany dominated the first half, with Mario Goetze firing them ahead in the 12th minute, but the hosts wasted their chances to lose the match 2-1.

Jun 10, 2015

U.S. stun Germany with late goal to win 2-1

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) – The United States beat World Cup winners Germany 2-1 thanks to an 88th-minute goal from Bobby Wood in an entertaining international friendly on Wednesday.

Mario Goetze put Germany in front in the 12th minute, with the hosts dominating much of the first half but wasting a raft of chances.

Jun 10, 2015

Soccer-U.S. stun Germany with late goal to win 2-1

COLOGNE, Germany, June 10 (Reuters) – The United States beat World Cup winners Germany 2-1 thanks to an 88th-minute goal from Bobby Wood in an entertaining international friendly on Wednesday.

Mario Goetze put Germany in front in the 12th minute, with the hosts dominating much of the first half but wasting a raft of chances.

Jun 9, 2015

Watch out for improving U.S. team, says Germany coach Loew

BERLIN (Reuters) – The United States have improved all aspects of their game in the last few years and have become a force to be reckoned with, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Tuesday at a news conference with U.S. counterpart Juergen Klinsmann.

Loew, whose side face the U.S. in a friendly on Wednesday, said he was impressed with the courage and mental strength that Klinsmann’s side showed in their come-from-behind win against the Netherlands on Friday as well as their tactical play.

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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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