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Aug 3, 2014

Russia sanctions will hurt German economy but needed – Vice Chancellor

BERLIN, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Tough new economic sanctions
against Russia will hurt Germany’s economy but they are
necessary for the sake of peace in Europe, Vice Chancellor
Sigmar Gabriel said in a television interview on Sunday.

The European Union imposed sanctions that took effect on
Friday targeting Russia’s banking, defence and energy sectors
because of Moscow’s support for pro-Russian separatist rebels
battling Kiev’s forces in eastern Ukraine.

Aug 2, 2014

German economic growth to be hit by Ukraine crisis, Ifo head says

BERLIN, Aug 2 (Reuters) – German economic growth will shrink
towards zero in the second quarter due to the Ukraine crisis and
the tough new economic sanctions imposed on Russia from 0.8
percent in the first quarter, the head of Germany’s Ifo
institute said on Saturday.

Ifo president Hans-Werner Sinn wrote a guest column for
Wirtschaftswoche magazine in which he said the worsening crisis
meant forecasts that Europe’s largest economy would expand by
0.3 percent in the second quarter have to be revised down.

Jul 9, 2014

Too much pressure caused Brazil meltdown, say Germans

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew believes Brazil’s players were overwhelmed by the pressure of trying to win the World Cup at home, a sentiment expressed by several current and former players after their 7-1 semi-final mauling.

Germany, who have had a sport psychologist with the team since 2004, have also gone to great lengths to shield their players from the pressures at the World Cup, setting up their base at a fortress-like purpose-built compound on a remote beach in rural north-eastern Brazil.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Too much pressure caused Brazil meltdown, say Germans

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 9 (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew believes Brazil’s players were overwhelmed by the pressure of trying to win the World Cup at home, a sentiment expressed by several current and former players after their 7-1 semi-final mauling.

Germany, who have had a sport psychologist with the team since 2004, have also gone to great lengths to shield their players from the pressures at the World Cup, setting up their base at a fortress-like purpose-built compound on a remote beach in rural north-eastern Brazil.

Jul 9, 2014

Hummels re-injures knee but expects to be ready for final

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany defender Mats Hummels is undergoing treatment for a knee injury but should be fit to play in the World Cup final on Sunday, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Wednesday.

Hummels asked to be taken off at halftime in the World Cup semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday due to the injury. He first hurt his knee in Germany’s 4-0 win over Portugal at the start of the tournament.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Hummels re-injures knee but expects to be ready for final

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 9 (Reuters) – Germany defender Mats Hummels is undergoing treatment for a knee injury but should be fit to play in the World Cup final on Sunday, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Wednesday.

Hummels asked to be taken off at halftime in the World Cup semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday due to the injury. He first hurt his knee in Germany’s 4-0 win over Portugal at the start of the tournament.

Jul 9, 2014

Germany’s Kroos finally delivers to silence critics

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany midfielder Toni Kroos not only silenced Brazil’s fans with his scintillating performance in Tuesday’s astonishing 7-1 World Cup semi-final victory but also countless critics back home as well.

Annoyed by lingering accusations that he might have been largely to blame for Germany’s lackluster semi-final defeat by Italy two years ago at Euro 2012, Kroos played arguably the best of his 50 matches for Germany on Tuesday.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Germany’s Kroos finally delivers to silence critics

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 9 (Reuters) – Germany midfielder Toni Kroos not only silenced Brazil’s fans with his scintillating performance in Tuesday’s astonishing 7-1 World Cup semi-final victory but also countless critics back home as well.

Annoyed by lingering accusations that he might have been largely to blame for Germany’s lacklustre semi-final defeat by Italy two years ago at Euro 2012, Kroos played arguably the best of his 50 matches for Germany on Tuesday.

Jul 9, 2014

Germany receive heroes welcome from Brazilians near base

SANTA CRUZ CABRALIA Brazil (Reuters) – Brazilians in a northeastern town near Germany’s training base adopted an “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach to Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final defeat by throwing their support behind the side that had thrashed them 7-1 just hours earlier.

Several hundred Brazilians waited for hours in the pouring rain to cheer the Germany players as they disembarked their team bus shortly after midnight and boarded a ferry for the crossing to their quarters in Santo Andre.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Germany receive heroes welcome from Brazilians near base

SANTA CRUZ CABRALIA, Brazil, July 9 (Reuters) – Brazilians in a northeastern town near Germany’s training base adopted an “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach to Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final defeat by throwing their support behind the side that had thrashed them 7-1 just hours earlier.

Several hundred Brazilians waited for hours in the pouring rain to cheer the Germany players as they disembarked their team bus shortly after midnight and boarded a ferry for the crossing to their quarters in Santo Andre.

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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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