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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.

May 25, 2015

Time running out for Greece, ESM head Regling says

BERLIN (Reuters) – Time is running out for Greece to reach an agreement on reforms with lenders and there will be no further funds for Athens without it, the head of the European Stability Mechanism Klaus Regling told Germany’s Bild newspaper on Tuesday.

“There is little time left,” Regling told the best-selling newspaper. “That’s why we’re working day and night for an agreement. Without an agreement with the creditors, Greece will not get any new loans. Then there’s a threat of insolvency. There are a lot of risks contained in that,” he added.

May 25, 2015

Germany protests Russia’s ejection of conservative MP from Moscow

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany formally protested to Russia on Monday over Moscow’s refusal to let a conservative German lawmaker into the country, a decision the Foreign Ministry criticized as unacceptable amid East-West tensions over the Ukraine crisis.

Karl-Georg Wellmann, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and chairman of the German-Ukraine parliamentary group, had called Russia a “war-monger” earlier this year for its perceived support of separatists in Ukraine.

May 24, 2015

Germany must bury more power transmission lines – minister

BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – Germany Economy Minister Sigmar
Gabriel said on Sunday the country must lay more power lines
underground to take electicity generated by windpower in the
north to industry in the south, to overcome opposition along the
routes.

In an interview with ZDF television, Gabriel also said that
state of Bavaria will have to accept power lines running through
the southern German state and could not push them off onto to
its neighbouring states of Hesse and Baden-Wuerttemberg.

May 24, 2015

Troubled new Berlin airport won’t be a white elephant, official says

BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – Berlin’s new international
airport, repeatedly delayed due to red tape and technical
problems, is on course to open as scheduled in 2017, a spokesman
said on Sunday, denying a media report it could end up as a
white elephant.

The planned opening will be six years after the original
target date following a series of costly setbacks that have
dented Germany’s reputation for strong engineering and
organisational skills.

May 23, 2015

Germany declines comment on reported ‘deep freeze’ with U.S. intelligence

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government declined to comment on a report that U.S. intelligence agencies were reviewing their cooperation with German counterparts and had dropped joint projects due to concerns secret information was being leaked by lawmakers.

Bild newspaper reported on Saturday that U.S. spy chief James Clapper had ordered the review because secret documents related to the BND’s cooperation with the United States were being leaked to media from a German parliamentary committee.

May 21, 2015

German train strike suspended as two sides agree arbitration

BERLIN, May 21 (Reuters) – A German train strike that has
disrupted passenger and commercial services and threatened to
clip economic growth was suspended on Thursday after both sides
agreed to non-binding arbitration in the 10-month old dispute.

The suspension would last through the arbitration period
from May 27 to June 17. Deutsche Bahn said it will take until
Saturday for its train timetable to be fully back on schedule.

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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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