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Löw won’t make changes ahead of vital Georgia clash

It's a simple task for Germany in the final European Championship qualifying match. The World Champions need a point to confirm a place for next year's tournament, but a win would help boost confidence, too. Germany face Georgia in Leipzig on Sunday in the World Champions' final European Championship qualifying match. After defeat to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Thursday, Joachim Löw's side lead Poland and the Irish by just a single point in Group D. However the 55-year old coach is not going to change his system for the final match. "There won't be many changes from the team that faced Ireland," Löw told reporters at a press conference on Saturday. "We're creating chances, that's the most important thing. But we need to sharpen our concentration." Since the World Cup triumph in July of last year, Germany have been inconsistent in comparison to the performances up to, and in Brazil. In the 13 matches already played since then, Germany have lost four, after being beaten just once in 21 games leading up to the World Cup. Löw has recognised that his team have been lacking, slightly. "We've certainly lacked efficiency in the months following the World Cup. We need five or six great chances to score and we can't let that happen again against Georgia," explained Löw. Neuer staying focused Shane Long's winner on Thursday evening left reporters and fans asking questions of the German defense. Darren Randolph's route-one ball foward should have been dealt with by the back-four, before Long finished superbly passed Manuel Neuer. But the German number one isn't losing focus on the task at hand, despite having a difficult time of late. "There's no problems with our defense," the Bayern Munich player said. "As a goalkeeper I have to take responsibility. My role hasn't changed." The illustrious choice of goalkeepers that Löw has at his disposal has been well documented. Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Bernd Leno are the chosen two at this moment, but the likes of Ralf Fährmann, Timo Horn and Kevin Trapp have also been performing well at club level. With just four clean sheets being collected since the World Cup, in wins over Gibraltar (twice), Georgia and Spain, strutcure is lacking, but while under some pressure Neuer welcomes the competition. "Ter Stegen and Leno are two very good goalkeepers. We are lucky to have so many in our team. It pushes me and everyone else to work harder so that we can keep our places," Neuer stated. But if ever there was a clear goal heading into a match, the game in Leipzig on Sunday evening will hold only one reward. With Poland and the Republic of Ireland facing each other at the same time, it's likely that only one team can challenge the Germans for the top qualification spot. But with confidence shaken, a win in front of a strong home crowd before a friendly against next year's tournament hosts France next month, is much needed.

It’s a simple task for Germany in the final European Championship qualifying match. The World Champions need a point to confirm a place for next year’s tournament, but a win would help boost confidence, too. Germany face Georgia in Leipzig on Sunday in the World Champions’ final European Championship qualifying match. After defeat to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin ... Read More »

Bavarian premier, Horst Seehofer, stands by hard-line proposals over refugee crisis

CSU chief Horst Seehofer has rejected accusations that his hard-line stance on the refugee crisis aims to stir up xenophobia in Germany. The Bavarian Premier has strongly criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel's actions. In the German Sunday paper "Welt am Sonntag," Seehofer defended his stance, insisting that it has "nothing to do with racism and xenophobia." The Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), threatened to take the federal government to the Constitutional Court over its refugee policy last week. Speaking to German tabloid "Bild" on Friday, Seehofer also outlined Bavaria's proposed asylum reforms which include measures to promote "integration, education, and training." "There will be measures of self-defense to limit immigration, such as turning back people at the Austrian border," Deehofer said. 'Overwhelming' influx The Bavarian premier went on the reiterate his criticism for the German Chancellor's handling of the refugee crisis on Sunday. "The current influx is overwhelming us. There are too many. It lacks limits," he said. Seehofer described the different approaches from Munich and Berlin not only as dissent, but as an expression of two "schools of thought, which face each other." "One view is that this is a great migration of modern times that you need to accept and manage. The other - my school of thought - is that immigration must be controlled. I want to control and limit them," he explained. "This is the only way for integration to succeed and to guarantee security in our country." CDU lays out requirements Seehofer also warned of a political crisis between the CDU and CSU, adding that for him, an ending of the Union was "not an option ...... But I can not give up my stance to keep the peace," Seehofer insisted. The CSU leader's comments on Sunday came as Germany's new refugee coordinator, Peter Altmaier (CDU), forecast an early decision regarding the facilities required from Bavaria and the CSU for refugee transit areas. Altmaier told German newspaper "Bild am Sonntag" that such centers, from which unsuccessful asylum seekers could be sent back "may be a reasonable element," but would not solve the problem alone. The refugee coordinator also rejected talk of an "upper limit" to the number of refugees, saying he feared such a control would prompt many asylum seekers to immediately begin their journey, and consequently strengthen the influx. "We have to understand that you can't turn the flow of refugees on and off like a tap," he said. "If we successfully master the refugee crisis, Germany will be stronger than ever before."

CSU chief Horst Seehofer has rejected accusations that his hard-line stance on the refugee crisis aims to stir up xenophobia in Germany. The Bavarian Premier has strongly criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel’s actions. In the German Sunday paper “Welt am Sonntag,” Seehofer defended his stance, insisting that it has “nothing to do with racism and xenophobia.” The Christian Social Union (CSU), ... Read More »

Mario Götze out for up to three months

A sour evening in Dublin on Thursday has been made more so after news that Mario Götze is out for the remainder of the first half of the season. The national team confirmed the news from Leipzig on Friday. Mario Götze has been ruled out for between ten and twelve weeks after suffering an adductor muscle injury. The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered the injury in a challenge with Republic of Ireland opponent James McCarthy in the 35th minute of Thursday evening's European Championship qualifier loss in Dublin. "Mario has picked up a tendon rupture in his thigh after making a lunge," said Germany team doctor Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt. "It's annoying for us and a real shame for him," said Joachim Löw. "We wish him a good and speedy recovery and I'm sure he will be able to pick up his form again once he returns. The 23-year old traveled with his teammates to Leipzig, ahead of Sunday's final qualifcation match against Georgia, but has now been ruled out after medical tests. Götze has scored four goals in 11 appearances this season for Bayern Munich and had started all but one of the international matches played since Germany won the World Cup last July. In the final qualifcation match against Georgia on Sunday, Joachim Löw's team need just a point to confirm a spot at next year's tournament in France. Poland and the Republic of Ireland, who face each other in the final round of matches, are both a point behind Germany in second and third respectively.

A sour evening in Dublin on Thursday has been made more so after news that Mario Götze is out for the remainder of the first half of the season. The national team confirmed the news from Leipzig on Friday. Mario Götze has been ruled out for between ten and twelve weeks after suffering an adductor muscle injury. The Bayern Munich ... Read More »

NFL approves more international games

Mexico and Germany could join the UK in hosting National Football League matches in the near future. At a meeting on Wednesday, league owners voted for a 10-year extension to the international series. National Football League (NFL) owners voted on Wednesday to extend the league's international series through 2025. The NFL also gave permission for games to be scheduled outside of the United Kingdom from 2016. Mexico, which hosted the first regular season NFL game outside of the United States in 2005, is being earmarked as a potential host for further matches. Germany is also being considered as a host, along with Brazil. "This marks an important step in our long-term international growth," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. "Fans in the UK have responded incredibly well to the regular season games we have played in London since 2007. They have demanded more NFL games, and we have worked to accommodate them. "We think it's time to expand our International Series to other countries and respond to the growing interest in our game not only in the UK, but elsewhere around the world," Goodell added. Three games are being held this year at London's Wembley Stadium with the first, between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins (pictured), having taken place last weekend. It is the second year in a row that three games have been held outside of the United States. The league will announce the schedule for the international series matches in 2016 before the end of this year.

Mexico and Germany could join the UK in hosting National Football League matches in the near future. At a meeting on Wednesday, league owners voted for a 10-year extension to the international series. National Football League (NFL) owners voted on Wednesday to extend the league’s international series through 2025. The NFL also gave permission for games to be scheduled outside ... Read More »

German cabinet opts for underground power cabling

Thick underground cables to transmit wind-generated power across Germany have been endorsed by federal cabinet. The plans fit with Chancellor Angela Merkel's push for renewables ahead of the Paris UN climate summit. The German cabinet on Wednesday endorsed draft law that would give preference to high-voltage underground cabling instead of stringing cables above ground on "monster" pylons up to 75 meters (246 feet) high. Germany's post-Fukushima decision in 2011 to quit nuclear power by 2022 still hinges on how to transmit prolific wind as well as solar-generated power from northern Germany to southern industrial regions such as Stuttgart and Munich. Segments of transmission cables are already under construction or have already been enlarged. A quarter of Germany's electricity currently comes from wind, solar and biogas sources. Resistance from residents Wednesday's decision by ministers to opt for the main north-south trunk of 1,000 kilometer s (620 miles) of thick direct-current cable follows bitter resistance to overhead cabling led by Bavarian Premier Horst Seehofer. Cabinet sources quoted by Reuters said the extra costs of going underground were justified because of costly legal resistance put up by citizens' groups. They have cited losses in scenic values and perceived health risks associated with above-ground cables. Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, whose ministry had put the extra cost at between 3 billion and 8 billion euros ($3.3 billion and $9 billion), was criticized by the opposition Greens of giving in to Seehofer, another prominent figure in Merkel's three-party coalition. Gabriel, who also leads Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) had argued that underground cabling would in many locations attract "more acceptance" compared to overhead arterial power lines. In July, coalition leaders dropped a levy on coal-fired power stations under pressure from utility companies, prompting severe criticism from environmentalists. Part of 'decarbonization' drive In total, some 2,800 kilometers of cables are to be laid by 2024 to carry power from renewable sources instead of nuclear power plants. At the Group of Seven (G7) summit in June in Elmau, Bavaria, Merkel called for the global economy to be "decarbonized." Leaders agreed to press for a major reduction in fossil fuel consumption by 2050. France hosts a major UN conference on how to slow global warming in December.

Thick underground cables to transmit wind-generated power across Germany have been endorsed by federal cabinet. The plans fit with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s push for renewables ahead of the Paris UN climate summit. The German cabinet on Wednesday endorsed draft law that would give preference to high-voltage underground cabling instead of stringing cables above ground on “monster” pylons up to 75 ... Read More »

Gauck trip highlights significance of German-American relationship

The well-timed visit of German President Gauck to the US and his meeting with President Obama underscore the importance of US-German ties for both countries. But underneath the surface not everything is rosy. The planning staff of President Joachim Gauck could not have chosen a better destination than Philadelphia for Germany's head of state to start his first official visit to the United States exactly 25 years after the country's unification. Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, for Americans, stands as a symbol for the country's hard-won freedom after the Revolutionary War against Britain. It was also where - on October 6, 1683 - a first group of Mennonite settlers from Krefeld founded Germantown - today, a neighborhood of the city. But there is also another German connection. It comes via Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, a large historic bell that first served as an icon of US freedom and independence, but during the Cold War became a larger symbol of the struggle for freedom from communist rule in Eastern Europe. In 1950, Berlin received its own Freedom Bell, an American gift still located in what then was the city hall of West Berlin. Rich with symbolism "That's a pretty powerful image," said Scott Lucas, a professor of American Studies at the University of Birmingham. "There is a big emphasis in underlining the linkages between Germany and the United States on the issue of freedom and liberty," noted Josef Janning, head of the Berlin office of the European Council on Foreign Relations. For President Gauck, a former pastor and civil rights activist in East Germany, freedom and liberty have a very personal relevance, he added. "That's why he goes to Philadelphia." But beyond the reflection on Germany's unification and America's indispensable role in it in Philadelphia, Gauck will also meet US President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and important members of Congress in Washington – not the norm for a head of state with a largely ceremonial role. New roles "In many ways the Germans are the de-facto leader of Europe despite the fact that the British would like to claim the role," said Lucas. That's why, "it makes sense for every American administration to use the symbolic and informal ways to strengthen that relationship," explained Janning. But while both Germans and Americans routinely pay lip-service to the importance of German-American relations, the reality often does not live up to the highfalutin' rhetoric so often employed. "The question for me besides all the symbolism is what is the significance of German-US ties now," said Lucas. Notwithstanding Berlin's leading role in the Ukraine and Greek crises, Germany is still looking to find its role in the 21st century and has not been able to express a clear vision of what European power can and should do, he said. Similarly, Germans and Europeans are confused about the wisdom and future of US foreign policy, not just under George W. Bush, but also under Barack Obama, particularly in the Middle East, said Janning. The NSA spying scandal also did not help to rebuild lost trust. Gap between rhetoric and reality "So the relationship is underperforming, measured against the significance both countries assign to the other side," said Janning. President Gauck, however, due to the largely symbolic role he plays in German politics, won't be able to improve the alleged underperformance of the German-American relationship. But if the past is any indicator, he may not shy away from highlighting the deficits and offering suggestions what to do about it.

The well-timed visit of German President Gauck to the US and his meeting with President Obama underscore the importance of US-German ties for both countries. But underneath the surface not everything is rosy. The planning staff of President Joachim Gauck could not have chosen a better destination than Philadelphia for Germany’s head of state to start his first official visit ... Read More »

Merkel puts her weight behind Modi’s ‘Make in India’ drive

جرمن چانسلر انگیلا میرکل اور بھارتی وزیر اعظم نریندر مودی نے توانائی کے شعبے کے علاوہ جرمنی کی بھارت میں سرمایا کاری کی رفتار تیز کرنے سے متعلق متعدد سمجھوتوں پر دستخط کر دیے ہیں۔ بھارتی وزیر اعظم نریندر مودی نے جرمن چانسلر انگیلا میرکل کے ساتھ ملاقات کے بعد کہا کہ جرمنی اور بھارت ’قدرتی ساتھی‘ ہیں اور مستقبل میں دونوں ممالک باہمی اور اقتصادی تعلقات کو مزید بہتر بنیادوں پر استوار کرنے کی کوشش کریں گے۔ میرکل نے اپنے روزہ دورہ بھارت کے دوران بروز پیر نئی دہلی حکومت کے ساتھ نہ صرف متعدد اہم سمجھوتوں کو حتمی شکل دی بلکہ باہمی تعاون کے دیگر امور پر بھی تبادلہ خیال کیا۔ جرمن چانسلر کے ہمراہ ایک اعلیٰ سطحٰی وفد بھی ہے، جس میں شریک نمائندوں نے اپنے متعلقہ بھارتی عہدیداروں سے ملاقاتیں بھی کیں۔ سن 2014 میں ہندو قوم پرست رہنما نریندر مودی کے اقتدار میں آنے کے بعد میرکل کا یہ پہلا دورہ بھارت ہے۔ خبر رساں ادارے اے ایف پی نے ذرائع کے حوالے سے بتایا ہے کہ میرکل نے اس دورے کے دوران پیر کو نئی دہلی میں مودی کے ساتھ طویل مذاکرات کیے۔ اس دوران جرمنی نے بھارتی حکومت کے ساتھ مجموعی طور پر اٹھارہ منصوبوں کو حتمی شکل بھی دی۔ میرکل کے ساتھ تین گھنٹے کی طویل ملاقات کے بعد مودی نے صحافیوں کو بتایا، ’’ہم اقتصادی ترقی کے لیے جرمنی کو اپنا ایک فطری پارٹنر سمجھتے ہیں۔‘‘ انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ بھارت کی ترجیحات اور جرمنی کی مہارتیں ایک دوسرے سے جڑی ہوئی ہیں۔ مودی کا کہنا تھا کہ توانائی کے شعبے میں دونوں ممالک کا تعاون ماحولیاتی آلودگی کے خاتمے کی کوششوں میں مدد دے گا۔ یہ امر اہم ہے کہ بھارت ضرر رساں گیسوں کے اخراج کے حوالے سے دنیا کا تیسرا سب سے بڑا ملک ہے۔ بھارت میں افسر شاہی کا مضبوط نظام وہاں غیر ملکی سرمایا کاری کے لیے ایک بڑی رکاوٹ تصور کیا جاتا ہے۔ متعدد مغربی ممالک اس حوالے سے اپنے تحفظات کا اظہار بھی کر چکے ہیں۔ لیکن مودی نے عہد کیا ہے کہ وہ ان رکاوٹوں کو دور کر دیں گے۔ جرمن وزیر خارجہ فرانک والٹر شٹائن مائر نے بھی کہا ہے کہ بھارت میں سرمایا کاری کے تناظر میں جرمن کمپنیوں کو تحفظات لاحق ہیں کیونکہ وہاں بیوروکریسی کے باعث متعدد مشکلات پیدا ہوجاتی ہیں۔ چانسلر انگیلا میرکل اور جرمن وفد منگل کے دن بنگلور میں مودی کے ساتھ مذاکرات کا سلسلہ جاری رکھے گا۔ اس دوران ایک بزنس فورم کا انعقاد بھی کیا جائے گا، جس میں بھارتی اور جرمن کمپنیوں کے اعلیٰ نمائندے مختلف منصوبوں پر بات چیت بھی کریں گے۔ جرمن چانسلر انگیلا میرکل منگل کے دن ہی دورہ بھارت ختم کرتے ہوئے وطن واپس روانہ ہو جائیں گی۔

India and Germany have significantly scaled up bilateral relations, signing 18 agreements in a range of key sectors designed to bolster trade, energy and defense ties. Murali Krishnan reports from New Delhi. Addressing a joint press conference in the Indian capital New Delhi after three-hour long high-level talks, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel looked upbeat. ... Read More »

No military solution to Syria, says German Foreign Minister Steinmeier

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier has warned against Russia's solo intervention in Syria. There is no military solution to the conflict there, he said at the UN General Assembly in New York. Addressing representatives of countries gathered at the UN headquarters, Steinmeier insisted that the international community needed to put an end to President Bashar Assad's dictatorship in Syria and that the war there could end only if all countries acted together. "Instead of individual decisions to intervene militarily in Syria, the most recent being that of Russia, we need political initiatives for a transformation," Steinmeier told the gathering, repeatedly calling on countries to behave like "good neighbors." Russia launched airstrikes on Syria on Wednesday. Early reports suggested that Moscow's planes were targeting "Islamic State" hideouts, but there have been doubts that IS strongholds were targeted , and instead anti-Assad forces, effectively strengthening the Syrian president's position. A common solution to the refugee crisis Steinmeier showcased Germany's role in welcoming over 600,000 refugees since the beginning of this year, adding that an average of 10,000 migrants were coming in every day. "These numbers show that in the long run, we will not be able to cope with this task," the minister said, adding that countries like Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon needed to receive more support to stop the flow of refugees. He also mentioned UN agencies like the refugee organization, UNHCR, and the World Food Program (WFP), which are reeling under a shortage of funds, causing them to drastically reduce food supplies in war zones, like Syria and Yemen. A bigger role for Germany Steinmeier said the fundamentals of the UN were still very strong, but that the façade was crumbling and the world needed concrete solutions to global problems. The UN was needed "more than ever," the leader stressed, but it also needed to undergo reforms within its structure. "We need new pillars and columns, so that the United Nations can withstand these stormy times," the leader insisted, adding that Germany was willing to take on more responsibility. Germany has been angling for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, without success so far. The Security Council has five permanent members, the US, UK, China, France and Russia and 15 rotating members chosen for two-year periods.

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier has warned against Russia’s solo intervention in Syria. There is no military solution to the conflict there, he said at the UN General Assembly in New York. Addressing representatives of countries gathered at the UN headquarters, Steinmeier insisted that the international community needed to put an end to President Bashar Assad’s dictatorship in Syria ... Read More »

Merkel addresses refugee crisis at UN

World leaders have adopted a set of development goals to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. At the UN, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to increase her country's budget for development amid the refugee crisis. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to eradicate extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, provide quality education to all and achieve economic growth by 2030. World leaders passed the ambitious agenda on Friday, which was the result of years of consultations with governments and civil society, during a high-level summit just before the week-long United Nations General Assembly marking the 70th anniversary of the UN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for global partnership to achieve development goals and pledged to increase Germany's budget for development. "Each and every one of us should work and must work to implement the agenda, so that people all over the world can live a life of dignity," Merkel said. Germany will stand by its obligation to allocate 0.7 percent of its gross domestic product to finance development and will also increase its development "substantially," Merkel announced at the UN. Addressing the refugee crisis, the German Chancellor underlined that the causes forcing people to flee their home countries have to be tackled. Millions of refugees were fleeing "raw terror and violence." Merkel stressed that peace was a "key prerequisite" for development. Germany expects about 800,000 asylum applications in 2015 - according to some figures, that number could be as high as one million. The German government and regional states have agreed on a package of measures on dealing with the mass influx of refugees . More money will flow to each state depending on how many refugees arrive. Each of the federal states will receive 670 euros (about 751 dollars) per asylum seeker, per month. On Saturday Merkel is due to visit the Ground Zero memorial to the terror attack on September 11 2001 in New York.

World leaders have adopted a set of development goals to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. At the UN, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to increase her country’s budget for development amid the refugee crisis. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to eradicate extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, provide quality education to all and achieve economic growth by 2030. World leaders ... Read More »

Bayern Munich fans pay tribute to Syrian refugee Nawf Satteh

The 30-year-old is one of more than 2,000 refugees killed in the Mediterranean Sea. She had a binding love for one thing in particular: Bayern Munich. Fans are calling for a mark of respect before the match on Tuesday. Bayern Munich fans around the globe are paying tribute to Nawf Kamil Satteh. The 30-year-old is one of thousands of refugees to flee war-torn Syria and make the perilous journey to Europe. Along with her sister Mary, Nawf drowned Sunday on the crossing between Turkey and Greece in the Mediterranean Sea. Nawf was part of a Christian minority near the city of Homs and fled in fear of persecution from the Islamic State. She had acquired a university degree in English literature. She was influential in broadening Bayern's connections with other corners of the globe, setting up a fan club for Syrian-based fans. They would organize meetings in cafes even with the country ravaged by conflict. The fan club became part of Bayern's network of organizations in January, its official member number was 99905108. Her Facebook page, which has not been deactivated, is full of photos from her favorite team, especially for Sebastian Schweinsteiger, for whom she posted several poems in honor of his success. According to people who knew Nawf, her one dream was to see Bayern Munich play in the Allianz Arena. Bayern Munich fans are calling for a minute's silence at Tuesday's league match against Wolfsburg as a mark of respect, while others have used Twitter to create the hashtag #RIP_Nawf and #MiaSanMiaNawf.

The 30-year-old is one of more than 2,000 refugees killed in the Mediterranean Sea. She had a binding love for one thing in particular: Bayern Munich. Fans are calling for a mark of respect before the match on Tuesday. Bayern Munich fans around the globe are paying tribute to Nawf Kamil Satteh. The 30-year-old is one of thousands of refugees ... Read More »

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