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Jun 6, 2015

Forget FIFA scandal, fans say before Champions League final

BERLIN (Reuters) – The thousands of Barcelona and Juventus fans streaming into Berlin’s Olympic Stadium for the Champions League final later on Saturday were confident the showpiece would knock the FIFA scandal off the front pages and out of people’s minds.

The hordes in high spirits from Spain and Italy blanketed the German capital on Saturday, many easily identifiable in their team colours. They were nevertheless united in their hopes that the FIFA scandal would go away – at least for the day.

Jun 6, 2015

Forget FIFA scandal, fans say before Champions League final

BERLIN (Reuters) – The thousands of Barcelona and Juventus fans streaming into Berlin’s Olympic Stadium for the Champions League final later on Saturday were confident the showpiece would knock the FIFA scandal off the front pages and out of people’s minds.

The hordes in high spirits from Spain and Italy blanketed the German capital on Saturday, many easily identifiable in their team colours. They were nevertheless united in their hopes that the FIFA scandal would go away – at least for the day.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Forget FIFA scandal, fans say before Champions League final

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – The thousands of Barcelona and Juventus fans streaming into Berlin’s Olympic Stadium for the Champions League final later on Saturday were confident the showpiece would knock the FIFA scandal off the front pages and out of people’s minds.

The hordes in high spirits from Spain and Italy blanketed the German capital on Saturday, many easily identifiable in their team colours. They were nevertheless united in their hopes that the FIFA scandal would go away – at least for the day.

Jun 3, 2015

Germans cheer Blatter exit, warn against wasting reform chances

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel, who celebrated Germany’s fourth World Cup win with the players in Brazil last year, welcomed the departure of FIFA President Sepp Blatter as an opportunity to boost standards within soccer’s world governing body.

Her sport minister Thomas de Maiziere went further, saying Blatter’s resignation under pressure will be worthless if FIFA fails to enact meaningful reforms and put an end to the cronyism that has tarnished the game.

Jun 3, 2015

Soccer-Germans cheer Blatter exit, warn against wasting reform chances

BERLIN, June 3 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel, who celebrated Germany’s fourth World Cup win with the players in Brazil last year, welcomed the departure of FIFA President Sepp Blatter as an opportunity to boost standards within soccer’s world governing body.

Her sport minister Thomas de Maiziere went further, saying Blatter’s resignation under pressure will be worthless if FIFA fails to enact meaningful reforms and put an end to the cronyism that has tarnished the game.

Jun 1, 2015

Survivors Hamburg keep Bundesliga record with “crazy” win

BERLIN (Reuters) – Hamburg SV clung on to their time-honoured place in the Bundesliga once again after beating second-tier Karlsruhe 2-1 — and 3-2 on aggregate — after moments of extraordinary late drama in the second leg of their playoff on Monday.

The three-times German champions, the only club never to have been relegated since the Bundesliga’s creation in 1963, were 1-0 down and on their way out with 90 minutes played at Karlsruhe until Chilean international Marcelo Diaz curled home a last-minute freekick to take the tie to extra time.

Jun 1, 2015

Soccer-Survivors Hamburg keep Bundesliga record with “crazy” win

BERLIN, June 1 (Reuters) – Hamburg SV clung on to their time-honoured place in the Bundesliga once again after beating second-tier Karlsruhe 2-1 — and 3-2 on aggregate — after moments of extraordinary late drama in the second leg of their playoff on Monday.

The three-times German champions, the only club never to have been relegated since the Bundesliga’s creation in 1963, were 1-0 down and on their way out with 90 minutes played at Karlsruhe until Chilean international Marcelo Diaz curled home a last-minute freekick to take the tie to extra time.

Jun 1, 2015

Juncker says EU to challenge Germany’s road toll law

BERLIN, June 1 (Reuters) – The European Commission will
consider a legal challenge against Germany over planned road
tolls that appear to violate European Union anti-discrimination
laws by targeting foreign motorists, the Commission’s President
said.

In an interview in Monday’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung,
Jean-Claude Juncker said the toll — which Chancellor Angela
Merkel’s government passed with doubts itself in March — does
not appear to conform with EU rules prohibiting discrimination
against foreigners.

May 29, 2015

Merkel appeals to Germans to back trade pact ahead of G7 meeting

BERLIN, May 29 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to
drum up support in Germany for the Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (TTIP) ahead of the G7 summit she is
hosting in June, saying in an interview on Saturday she hopes it
will be finalized by 2017.

Merkel told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper it was
important that talks between the European Union and United
States lead to an accord before U.S. President Barack Obama
leaves office in January 2017.

May 27, 2015

Germany no closer to legalising same-sex marriages

BERLIN, May 27 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s
coalition agreed on Wednesday to make small changes to same-sex
civil partnership rules but staunch opposition from
conservatives in her party means Germany will not follow Ireland
in allowing gay marriages any time soon.

Although there are growing divisions within the party,
Merkel’s Christian Democrats are still overwhelmingly opposed to
same-sex marriages partly due to fears it could upset voters on
the right.

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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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