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Nov 15, 2011

Soccer-Klose closes on record as Germans crush Dutch

HAMBURG, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Miroslav Klose chalked up
his 63rd international goal as Germany trounced Netherlands 3-0
in a friendly on Tuesday involving two of the favourites for
next year’s European Championship finals.

The 2010 World Cup runners-up were sunk by goals from Klose,
Thomas Mueller and Mesut Ozil in front of a sellout crowd of
51,500 on a chilly night in the German port city.

Nov 14, 2011

Right-wing murders “inconceivable” – Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – The cold-blooded murders of nine immigrant shopkeepers by neo-Nazis is an “inconceivable” crime for Germany and a national disgrace, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Among calls for her government to launch a fresh attempt to outlaw the far-right NPD party to prevent it from receiving taxpayer funds for its political campaigns, Merkel vowed to leave no stone unturned in fighting right-wing terror.

Nov 8, 2011

Merkel will cruise to 2013 win: pollster

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel will most likely have little trouble winning a third term in 2013 because the center-left opposition lacks a candidate with enough appeal to defeat her, a leading German pollster said Tuesday.

Manfred Guellner, managing director of the Forsa polling institute, said the euro zone debt crisis would not harm Merkel’s chances even though she has been blamed for exacerbating the turmoil by dithering early on.

Nov 8, 2011

Merkel will cruise to 2013 win – German pollster

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel will most likely have little trouble winning a third term in 2013 because the centre-left opposition lacks a candidate with enough appeal to defeat her, a leading German pollster said Tuesday.

Manfred Guellner, managing director of the Forsa polling institute, said the euro zone debt crisis would not harm Merkel’s chances even though she has been blamed for exacerbating the turmoil by dithering early on.

Nov 3, 2011

Arab Spring helps Desertec’s solar energy plan: CEO

BERLIN (Reuters) – The Arab Spring this year has given a boost to the world’s most ambitious solar project, which could be producing green electricity in the desert by 2015, the head of the body steering the 400 billion euro ($550 billion) scheme said.

Paul van Son, the managing director of the Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII), told Reuters that the awareness and interest in the project to turn sunshine into energy has grown with the spread of democracy across North African and the Middle East.

Nov 3, 2011

German frustration erupts over Greece

BERLIN (Reuters) – German frustration with Greece boiled over on Thursday as opinion polls, newspaper editorials and some politicians called for the deeply indebted country to leave the euro zone before it further endangers their prosperity.

The country’s best-selling daily Bild summed up the view in Germany that Greece had pushed things too far by calling for a referendum on its bailout deal.

Nov 2, 2011

Germany admits accounting blunder but no scapegoats

BERLIN, Nov 2 (Reuters) – The German government has no plans
to sack the bankers or accountants who made a 55-billion euro
($75 million) bookkeeping blunder that exposed it to ridicule
across Europe, the finance minister said on Wednesday.

Wolfgang Schaeuble said it was “an extremely annoying
mistake” for the nationalised mortgage bank Hypo Real Estate
(HRE) and the PwC accountancy firm to have let such an error
slip through undetected.

Nov 1, 2011

Fury in Germany after Greek referendum call

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germans expressed fury and frustration at Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou’s shock decision to call a referendum on the latest aid package, with some saying the gamble would push Greece out of the euro zone.

“You can’t help thinking that they should be grateful as Europe is trying to help,” said Konstanze Pilge, a 26-year old student, walking near the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin. “Now it looks like they are going to mess things up.”

Oct 31, 2011

Germany mocked for £47.5 billion bank accounts error

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government tried to deflect responsibility on Monday for a £47.5 billion accounting blunder that has exposed it to charges of ridicule for being inept and hypocritical after its steady criticism of Greek bookkeeping practices.

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has summoned executives from the nationalised mortgage bank Hypo Real Estate (HRE) to explain how they made a simple accounting error that ended up raising Germany’s total debt load by 55 billion euros.

Oct 31, 2011

Germany mocked for 55-billion euro bank accounts error

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government tried to deflect responsibility on Monday for a 55-billion euro accounting blunder that has exposed it to charges of ridicule for being inept and hypocritical after its steady criticism of Greek bookkeeping practices.

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has summoned executives from the nationalized mortgage bank Hypo Real Estate (HRE) to explain how made a simple accounting error that ended up raising Germany’s total debt load by 55 billion euros.

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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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