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Spanish delight, German heartbreak in Stuttgart!

Spanish delight, German heartbreak in Stuttgart!

IN a night of high drama that will be etched in European football history, Spain delivered a knockout blow to Germany's Euro 2024 hopes, sending shockwaves through the Stuttgart Arena and beyond. The pulsating quarter-final clash, which seemed destined for penalties, was dramatically decided in the dying embers of extra time, leaving the host nation in unprecedented despair. As the clock ticked past the 119th minute, substitute Mikel Merino rose like a phoenix from the ashes of a gruelling battle, meeting Dani Olmo's pinpoint cross with a thunderous header that silenced the partisan crowd. The late Spanish surge not only…
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Rejuvenated Germany can win Euros, says World Cup winner Thon

Rejuvenated Germany can win Euros, says World Cup winner Thon

GERMAN fans welcomed the start of Euro 2024 on home soil more in hope than expectation, but their performances have surprised many and they are now serious contenders to win the title, German World Cup winner Olaf Thon told Reuters. The 58-year-old, who scored a memorable goal against Denmark in his home town of Gelsenkirchen in the 1988 European Championship, has remained in the game through his punditry work for Sport1, where he provides expert analysis on the Bundesliga and the German national team. "Last year, I would have predicted that Germany would not make it very far, but based…
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Russia, Germany, UK urge restraint as Iranian threat puts Middle East on edge

Russia, Germany, UK urge restraint as Iranian threat puts Middle East on edge

RUSSIA, Germany and Britain urged countries in the Middle East to show restraint and Israel said it was preparing to "meet all its security needs" in a region on edge over an Iranian threat to strike Israel. The German airline Lufthansa, one of only two Western carriers flying to Tehran, extended a suspension of its flights to the Iranian capital and Russia warned against travel to the Middle East. Iran has vowed revenge for the April 1 airstrike on its embassy compound in Damascus that killed a top Iranian general and six other Iranian military officers, ratcheting up tension in a region already…
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The Herero people are scarred by the pain of Germany’s old “genocide”

The Herero people are scarred by the pain of Germany’s old “genocide”

ON January 12, 1904, the Herero people of Namibia revolted against the long-standing German colonial rule in search of their freedom. They had reached a point of saturation with the brutality of Germany’s occupation of their territory in what was then known as South West Africa. Armed to the teeth after secretly mobilising weapons to eject the unwelcome European imperialists, they encircled the German troops in what seemed like a final face-to-face with destiny.South West Africa had been under Germany’s colonial rule from 1884 until 1919, a total of 35 agonising years of living under the strict control of a…
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Nigeria and Germany sign $500 mln renewable energy and gas deal

Nigeria and Germany sign $500 mln renewable energy and gas deal

NIGERIAN and German companies signed two accords in Berlin that include a $500 million renewable energy pact and a gas export deal, further strengthening economic ties between the two nations, a presidential spokesperson said. Union Bank of Nigeria and Germany's DWS Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on renewable energy. The agreement seeks to harness $500 million in investment in renewable energy projects across Nigeria, mostly in rural communities, spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale said in a statement. A second MoU on gas export partnership was agreed between Riverside LNG of Nigeria and Germany's Johannes Schuetze Energy Import AG. Under the…
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300,000 Tanzanians were killed by Germany during the Maji-Maji uprising – it was genocide and should be called that

300,000 Tanzanians were killed by Germany during the Maji-Maji uprising – it was genocide and should be called that

POLITICAL actors in Tanzania have in recent years demanded compensation from Germany for colonial atrocities committed in the early 20th century. In early 2017, the National Assembly of Tanzania stopped short of putting the label of genocide on the atrocities committed by German troops during the Maji-Maji uprising (1905–1907). KLAUS BACHMANN, Professor of Political Science, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities GERHARD KEMP, Professor of Criminal Law, University of the West of England During a visit to Tanzania recently, the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, asked for “forgiveness” and expressed “shame” for the colonial atrocities committed in what was then…
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Scholz pledges greater investment in Africa’s green energy sector

Scholz pledges greater investment in Africa’s green energy sector

GERMANY will invest 4 billion euros in green energy projects in Africa until 2030, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, noting these could in turn help Europe's largest economy achieve its own transition to carbon neutrality. Germany will need to import large quantities of green hydrogen going forward, including from Africa if it is to achieve its goal of net zero emissions by 2045, he said at a German-African business forum in Berlin. The forum preceded a summit of the "G20 Compact with Africa" that aims to drum up investment in the world's poorest but fast-growing continent by coordinating the development agendas…
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Germany and Tanzania to open talks on colonial legacy 

Germany and Tanzania to open talks on colonial legacy 

GERMANY will open talks with Tanzania about the legacy of its three decades of colonial rule in the East African nation, the two countries presidents said. Tanzanian politicians and activists have long pushed for reparations and the return of human remains from their country that is displayed in German museums. “We have discussed this in detail and we are ready to open negotiations to see how we are going to agree on the German colonial legacy," Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan said at a news conference with her German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier. "I know there are families that are waiting…
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Anti-Black racism is rising in EU countries, led by Germany, study finds

Anti-Black racism is rising in EU countries, led by Germany, study finds

RACISM towards Black people is growing in Europe, with Germany, Austria and Finland showing the highest rates of discrimination and harassment, a survey of first- and second-generation Black immigrants in 13 EU countries published on Wednesday found. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), which commissioned the survey and analyzed its findings in a report, said that in the space of six years since the previous study, the proportion of respondents who had felt racially discriminated against in the past 12 months had risen by 10 percentage points to 34%. In Austria and Germany, the proportion was 64% - almost twice…
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Germany supports African Union’s bid to join G20 – foreign minister

Germany supports African Union’s bid to join G20 – foreign minister

Germany supports the African Union's bid to gain membership of the G20 group of large economies, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on a visit to South Africa. Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock walks with South Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor, ahead of the South Africa-Germany Bi-National Commission in Pretoria, South Africa June 27, 2023. REUTERS/Alet Pretorius Thomson Reuters Foundation
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