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Jul 15, 2014

Soccer-Ecstatic Berlin crowds welcome victorious German team home

BERLIN, July 15 (Reuters) – About a million jubilant Germans welcomed their triumphant national soccer team home to Berlin on Tuesday, many waving flags and banners saying “We are all World Champions!” as they basked in the nation’s fourth World Cup victory.

Hundreds of thousands of revellers packed Berlin’s “fan mile”, a 1.3 km stretch of road running from the west of the capital up to the Brandenburg Gate, for a huge party. Many more lined the streets in the city centre along the team’s route.

Jul 9, 2014

In disbelief, Germans, Brazilians see history made

SAO PAULO/BERLIN (Reuters) – Divided by a scoreline as wide as the Atlantic, Germans and Brazilians united after the World Cup hosts’ 7-1 humiliation in writing the game into the history of both nations, well beyond the realm of soccer.

For Brazil, to whom global footballing domination has been a way to put its 200 million people on the map, Tuesday’s semi-final trouncing by Germany not only ended hopes of erasing 64 years of pain from a shock defeat the last time it hosted the World Cup – but it might even be more devastatingly traumatic.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-In disbelief, Germans, Brazilians see history made

SAO PAULO/BERLIN, July 9 (Reuters) – Divided by a scoreline as wide as the Atlantic, Germans and Brazilians united after the World Cup hosts’ 7-1 humiliation in writing the game into the history of both nations, well beyond the realm of soccer.

For Brazil, to whom global footballing domination has been a way to put its 200 million people on the map, Tuesday’s semi-final trouncing by Germany not only ended hopes of erasing 64 years of pain from a shock defeat the last time it hosted the World Cup – but it might even be more devastatingly traumatic.

Jul 9, 2014

German media glories in historic rout of Brazil

BERLIN (Reuters) – German media savored the national soccer team’s unprecedented 7-1 semi-final victory over World Cup hosts Brazil on Wednesday, describing the rout as a sensation and a miracle and – even though the final is yet to come – its players as immortal.

Top-selling Bild devoted six of its eight main pages to the match under the banner headline “Speechless!”, summing up the sense of disbelief at the scale of the win.

Jun 11, 2014

Germany eyes more cautious arms export policy after 2013 surge

BERLIN, June 11 (Reuters) – Germany said on Wednesday it
would adopt a more cautious approach towards arms exports after
a 24 percent surge last year helped by deals with Saudi Arabia,
Qatar and Algeria that have fuelled a domestic debate on
military sales.

Despite Germany’s tendency to frown on matters military
because of its Nazi past, it was the world’s third largest arms
exporter after the United States and Russia from 2008 to 2012.
The report published on Wednesday showed that arms sales abroad
jumped by about a quarter to 5.85 billion euros last year.

Jun 5, 2014

New fracking rules won’t change tough German stance on shale gas

BERLIN, June 5 (Reuters) – The German government made clear
on Thursday that new rules it is preparing on the controversial
technique of fracking for gas would set tough environmental
standards that will all but rule out the widespread exploration
of shale gas.

News on Wednesday that Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar
Gabriel is working on new guidelines for fracking had raised
hopes that Germany was opening the door to shale gas extraction
despite concerns about its environmental impact.

Jun 4, 2014

German official signals help for utilities’ loss-making plants

BERLIN, June 4 (Reuters) – Germany will soon develop plans
on how to keep loss-making conventional power plants open, a
senior energy ministry official said on Wednesday, a policy
utilities have pushed for as Europe’s biggest economy expands
green energy.

In one of the clearest signals yet that Berlin is committed
to such a move, Uwe Beckmeyer, parliamentary state secretary in
the economy and energy ministry, said Germany would have to
explain how it would develop a so-called “capacity mechanism”.

Jun 3, 2014

German state allows Vattenfall to expand brown coal mining

BERLIN, June 3 (Reuters) – The eastern German state of
Brandenburg approved plans on Tuesday to allow utility
Vattenfall to mine a further 200 million tonnes of
brown coal from 2026, a move critics say will cause pollution
and also force 800 people from their homes.

The decision by Brandenburg’s cabinet, made up of
centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the more radical Left
party, highlights the complexities of Germany’s energy policy,
which aims to promote renewable energy.

May 20, 2014

Top German Nazi-hunter readies Majdanek death camp cases

BERLIN (Reuters) – Prosecutors in Germany will soon get files on former guards at a Nazi death camp who could still be charged for their role in the Holocaust, the country’s top war-crimes investigator said on Tuesday, although he added that lack of evidence will keep many of the cases from going to trial.

“These investigations are largely completed,” Kurt Schrimm, the head of the Central Office for the Investigation of National Socialist Crimes, told reporters. In the next two weeks, he said, the files will be handed over to prosecutors, who will then decide whether to press charges.

May 7, 2014

Weak French output casts doubts on growth, German industry orders slump

PARIS/BERLIN, May 7 (Reuters) – French factories produced
much less than expected in March while German industry orders
unexpectedly fell the most in 1-1/2 years, data showed on
Wednesday, feeding speculation of fresh European Central Bank
action to support the euro zone recovery.

France also reported a wider trade deficit, casting doubt on
President Francois Hollande’s recent predictions that the bloc’s
second-largest economy is finally turning around.

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