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Feb 22, 2015

Insight – No feel-good victory for Germany in debt clash with Greece

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s 7-1 drubbing of Brazil in the football World Cup last summer was uncomfortable to watch, even for jubilant Germans whose cheers turned to sheepish smiles as the goals piled up.

The bailout extension deal that Germany and its European partners clinched with Greece on Friday after weeks of public jousting between the countries had a similar feel.

Feb 22, 2015

No feel-good victory for Germany in debt clash with Greece

BERLIN, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s 7-1 drubbing of Brazil
in the soccer World Cup last summer was uncomfortable to watch,
even for jubilant Germans whose cheers turned to sheepish smiles
as the goals piled up.

The bailout extension deal that Germany and its European
partners clinched with Greece on Friday after weeks of public
jousting between the countries had a similar feel.

Feb 20, 2015

Germany softens tone on Greece before crunch meeting

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government softened its tone on Greece a day after its finance minister firmly rejected Athens’ latest request for a bailout extension, saying that although the proposals needed work, they were a good basis for further talks.

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble surprised his European partners and German cabinet colleagues on Thursday by dismissing a letter from his Greek counterpart as a stealth attempt to win more aid without committing to agreed budget and reform targets.

Feb 18, 2015

Germany says peace plan for Ukraine “damaged” not dead

BERLIN, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Germany condemned the seizure of
a strategic east Ukrainian town by pro-Russian rebels on
Wednesday as a “massive violation” of a ceasefire, but said it
was too early to call the broader Minsk peace plan dead or
ratchet up sanctions against Moscow.

The withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from the encircled town
of Debaltseve on Wednesday was a blow to German Chancellor
Angela Merkel’s efforts to clinch a negotiated solution to the
year-long conflict that has claimed thousands of lives.

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      "I run the Reuters news operations for Germany, Austria and Switzerland based in Berlin, and write regularly about German politics and European economic issues. I've reported from over 20 countries for Reuters since joining in the mid-1990s, including stints in Paris, London and New York."
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