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Jan 3, 2012

Klinsmann urges patience in style revolution

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif (Reuters) – Juergen Klinsmann is determined to carry off a style revolution for the U.S. national team while urging patience from the country’s fans.

In an interview with Reuters, the former Germany coach and striker said it could still be a long journey before Americans saw the desired results.

Jan 3, 2012

Soccer-Klinsmann urges patience in style revolution

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Juergen
Klinsmann is determined to carry off a style revolution for the
U.S. national team while urging patience from the country’s
fans.

In an interview with Reuters, the former Germany coach and
striker said it could still be a long journey before Americans
saw the desired results.

Jan 2, 2012

Spurs deserve top four place, says Klinsmann

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Reuters) – Juergen Klinsmann remains an unabashed Tottenham Hotspur fan more than a decade after leaving the north London club and the new United States coach even has his cell phone programmed to sound an alert every time a Spurs result is published.

Klinsmann told Reuters in an interview he is delighted his former team are challenging near the top of the Premier League because the right ingredients have come together – a strong squad, stability, consistency and patience.

Jan 2, 2012

Soccer-Spurs deserve top four place, says Klinsmann

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California, Jan 2 (Reuters) -
Juergen Klinsmann remains an unabashed Tottenham Hotspur fan
more than a decade after leaving the north London club and the
new United States coach even has his cell phone programmed to
sound an alert every time a Spurs result is published.

Klinsmann told Reuters in an interview he is delighted his
former team are challenging near the top of the Premier League
because the right ingredients have come together – a strong
squad, stability, consistency and patience.

Dec 26, 2011

Opposition gives Merkel’s president surprise backing

BERLIN, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel
got unexpected support on Monday in her battle to keep her
beleaguered president in office with an improbable endorsement
from the leader of Germany’s opposition Social Democrats (SPD).

SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel, who may run against Merkel in
the 2013 election, said he did not want Merkel ally Christian
Wulff to resign over a banking scandal because it could spark a
national crisis if a second head of state quit within two years.

Dec 25, 2011

Schaeuble vows to push for financial transaction tax

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble vowed in an interview published on Sunday to push ahead for a financial transaction tax in the European Union in 2012 despite objections from Britain that it could harm London as a global financial centre.

Schaeuble also told Bild am Sonntag newspaper that Europe’s sovereign debt crisis would not trigger a financial market crash in 2012.

Dec 19, 2011

Merkel backs beleaguered German head of state

BERLIN, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel
gave her full backing to German President Christian Wulff on
Monday, after fresh revelations about his links to wealthy
businessmen emerged over the weekend.

Wulff acknowledged on Sunday that he had used the villas of
business friends for private holidays on six occasions while he
was premier of Lower Saxony, following an earlier admission he
accepted a half-million euro home loan from a businessman.

Dec 14, 2011

Merkel partner in disarray after shock resignation

BERLIN, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A senior leader of
Germany’s Free Democrats resigned unexpectedly on Wednesday in
the latest sign of turmoil in the party that shares power with
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.

Christian Lindner, general secretary of the beleaguered FDP
and a rising star who many wanted to see take over as chairman,
stepped down in a move which appeared to be linked to the poor
turnout in a party referendum on euro zone rescue moves.

Dec 14, 2011

Special Report: The maverick behind Merkel

By Noah Barkin and Erik Kirschbaum

(Reuters) – It was approaching midnight at a yacht club on the French Riviera, down the road from a G20 summit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was telling reporters about her decision to block a loan to Greece, when suddenly her finance minister interrupted to set the record straight.

Wolfgang Schaeuble told the journalists that it had been his idea to stop the flow of aid to Athens. That move had helped convince Athens to drop its controversial plans for a referendum on new austerity steps, calming financial markets. Schaeuble had personally delivered the news in a phone call to his Greek counterpart Evangelos Venizelos, in hospital at the time with stomach pains.

Dec 7, 2011

Merkel opens German house that also drives a car

BERLIN, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel on
Wednesday took the wraps off a three-bedroom house that will
produce twice as much energy as it needs, a project she said
will serve as a showcase for renewable energy and climate
protection.

The passive-energy house, built in front of a federal
building near a Berlin rail station, will produce more than
16,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year with photovoltaic
panels on its roof and south-facing wall.

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