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Oct 17, 2014

Soccer-European experience vital for lofty U.S. goals, says Klinsmann

, Oct 17 (Reuters) – It is not that Juergen Klinsmann is an expat snob who thinks the top European soccer leagues are the only place for American players to hone the skills he hopes will take the United States to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals.

But he knows it is the unrelenting pressure to perform in the world’s most competitive leagues in England, Germany, Spain, and Italy that will help forge the quality to make his team accomplish the goal he has set for the tournament in Russia.

Oct 17, 2014

Klinsmann says not criticizing MLS, welcomes ‘debate’

By Erik Kirschbaum

NEWPORT BEACH Calif. (Reuters) – United States coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Thursday that he was not criticizing or disparaging Major League Soccer by expressing regret that key players Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley had switched to the MLS from two of Europe’s top clubs.

Saying he welcomed a growing culture of impassioned debate over soccer issues in the United States such as the one that erupted this week over his comments, Klinsmann added the MLS had improved a lot in recent years and was clearly on the rise.

Oct 17, 2014

Soccer-Klinsmann says not criticising MLS, welcomes ‘debate’

, Oct 16 (Reuters) – United States coach Juergen Klinsmann said on Thursday that he was not criticising or disparaging Major League Soccer by expressing regret that key players Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley had switched to the MLS from two of Europe’s top clubs.

Saying he welcomed a growing culture of impassioned debate over soccer issues in the United States such as the one that erupted this week over his comments, Klinsmann added the MLS had improved a lot in recent years and was clearly on the rise.

Oct 3, 2014

Merkel draws lessons from peaceful German unity 24 years ago

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s path to reunification shows that lessons learned from its peaceful fight for freedom can be used to resolve many of the problems facing Europe and the world today, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

In an unusually personal speech marking the 24th anniversary of German unification, Merkel said it was the courage of East Germans yearning for freedom that helped end the Cold War – and that similar courage was now needed worldwide.

Sep 29, 2014

German govt condemns pictures showing refugees abused

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government on Monday condemned suspected cases of abuse against refugees in which asylum-seekers were maltreated by security guards and even forced to lie in a bed filled with vomit.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said pictures published in German media that appear to show private security guards abusing refugees were repulsive and shocking.

Sep 29, 2014

German government condemns pictures showing refugees abused

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government on Monday condemned suspected cases of abuse against refugees in which asylum-seekers were maltreated by security guards and even forced to lie in a bed filled with vomit.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said pictures published in German media that appear to show private security guards abusing refugees were repulsive and shocking.

Sep 26, 2014

EU, Russia positive on chance of winter gas deal with Ukraine

BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Ukraine and Russia moved closer
to a deal that would guarantee Kiev at least 5 billion cubic
metres of gas for the next six months if Ukraine made
pre-payments.

Russia cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June because of a
row over Ukraine’s unpaid gas bill. The European Union has
brokered a series of talks between the two sides.

Sep 26, 2014

EU, Russia see good chance of winter gas deal with Ukraine

BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) – The European Union moved closer
to brokering a deal between Ukraine and Russia on Friday that
would supply Kiev at least 5 billion cubic metres of gas to help
prevent a winter shortfall, which Moscow said hinged on Ukraine
making pre-payments.

The price discussed was $385 per thousand cubic metres, and
European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said that under
the deal, Kiev would pay $2 billion by the end of October and a
further $1.1 billion by the end of the year, with the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) putting up guarantees.

Sep 14, 2014
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At landmark Berlin rally, German Chancellor Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

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(German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes an address during an anti-Semitism demo at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate September 14, 2014. Background reads ‘”Stand up ! Never again hatred of Jews! REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

Sep 14, 2014

Germany’s eurosceptic AfD surges to win seats in two states

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party surged to win more than 10 percent of the vote in two states on Sunday in a growing challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel as her new right-wing rival makes further inroads into her power base.

Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) could also suffer an ominous loss of power in the state of Thuringia if the hardline Left party can persuade the Social Democrats (SPD) to switch allegiances and elect Germany’s first Left state premier.

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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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