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May 26, 2013

Soccer-Munich parties as Dortmund mourns in divided Germany

BERLIN, May 26 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich fans celebrated long into the night after their team’s 2-1 Champions League triumph over Dortmund at Wembley on Saturday ensured two defeats in the previous three finals were quickly forgotten.

More than 40,000 Bayern fans erupted in delirious joy when Arjen Robben scored the 89th minute winner as they watched the match on a chilly, wet night at a special public viewing event set up on Munich’s Oktoberfest grounds.

May 24, 2013
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New book asks: Could Germany have a Jewish chancellor?

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(A huge Menorah at a ceremony marking the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, December 4, 2007. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke)

A new novel about a neo-Nazi plot to assassinate Germany’s first Jewish candidate for Chancellor has shed a timely light on the right-wing extremist violence that has plagued the country since 1990 and was swept under the carpet for years.

May 20, 2013

France must reform or face punitive measures: EU’s Oettinger

BERLIN (Reuters) – France should only be granted more time from the European Commission to cut its deficit if it also introduces reform measures, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger was quoted saying on Monday.

Oettinger, a former state premier in Germany and a respected leader in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), joined a chorus of senior German officials and CDU figures to issue warnings against allowing France to backslide on its austerity commitments.

May 8, 2013

Klinsmann sees Bundesliga as a top league long-term

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Reuters) – Juergen Klinsmann believes the all-German Champions League final is not a fluke and is confident the Bundesliga can establish itself as one of the top three leagues alongside England and Spain.

In an interview with Reuters, the U.S. coach and former Germany captain said a superb soccer infrastructure, the Bundesliga’s solid financial base and the entertaining style of play are the ingredients that have made it a European powerhouse with the potential to become the world’s top league.

May 8, 2013

Soccer-Klinsmann sees Bundesliga as a top league long-term

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California, May 8 (Reuters) – Juergen Klinsmann believes the all-German Champions League final is not a fluke and is confident the Bundesliga can establish itself as one of the top three leagues alongside England and Spain.

In an interview with Reuters, the U.S. coach and former Germany captain said a superb soccer infrastructure, the Bundesliga’s solid financial base and the entertaining style of play are the ingredients that have made it a European powerhouse with the potential to become the world’s top league.

May 8, 2013

Reach Champs League or Gareth could bale, Klinsmann warns

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur have to qualify for the Champions League or risk losing England’s Footballer of the Year Gareth Bale, U.S. national coach and former Spurs talisman Juergen Klinsmann said in an interview with Reuters.

Klinsmann, who before Bale was the last Spurs player to score 20 league goals in a season and also win the prestigious Footballer of the Year for the feat, said Bale was a tremendous talent but he would need to play on the big stage with a club in the Champions League.

May 8, 2013

Soccer-Reach Champs League or Gareth could bale, Klinsmann warns

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California, May 8 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur have to qualify for the Champions League or risk losing England’s Footballer of the Year Gareth Bale, U.S. national coach and former Spurs talisman Juergen Klinsmann said in an interview with Reuters.

Klinsmann, who before Bale was the last Spurs player to score 20 league goals in a season and also win the prestigious Footballer of the Year for the feat, said Bale was a tremendous talent but he would need to play on the big stage with a club in the Champions League.

May 1, 2013

Famed German sports manager regrets ‘foolish’ tax evasion scandal

BERLIN (Reuters) – German soccer great Uli Hoeness said on Wednesday he made “a foolish mistake” by evading taxes, a scandal that has hurt his friend Chancellor Angela Merkel in her re-election bid, but hoped his decision to come clean would help repair the damage.

In an interview with the online edition of the Die Zeit weekly, Hoeness said he felt suddenly ostracized by a German society that until recently admired him for building Bayern Munich into a soccer dynasty.

May 1, 2013

Merkel’s conservatives plunge in poll amid tax scandal

BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel’s conservatives plunged three points to 39 percent in a leading opinion poll on Wednesday as a tax evasion scandal embroiled a powerful ally of the German chancellor and the conservative party.

The weekly Forsa opinion poll for Stern magazine and RTL television found the Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), falling an unusually steep three points to their lowest level this year.

Apr 28, 2013

Germany’s Greens lurch left in bid to beat Merkel

BERLIN, April 28 (Reuters) – Germany’s Greens lurched to the
left at a party congress in Berlin over the weekend by endorsing
a “soak-the-rich” campaign for new taxes, a risky attempt to win
power in September’s election that upset the party’s pragmatist
wing.

Ignoring warnings against raising too many taxes at once
from their most successful leader, Greens state premier Winfried
Kretschmann, the 800 delegates voted to push to raise the top
income tax rate to 49 percent from 42 percent and introduce an
annual 1.5 percent wealth tax on assets above a million 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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