Even if it was just a friendly on an artificial training ground pitch during a week where most first teamers were away, the sight of Marco Reus cutting inside, beating three defenders and firing a shot past the keeper will be most welcome for those of a Yellow-and-Black persuasion. And perhaps even those who watched German labor to an uninspired draw against Switzerland on Sunday. … [Read more...] about Marco Reus ‘ready to go’ as Borussia Dortmund prepare for Bundesliga return
Schalke's Ruhr valley rivals Borussia Dortmund will also play in front of 300 spectators when they make the short trip to third-division Duisburg – whose stadium also hosted Europa League fixtures this summer. There was controversy last week when it was announced that all 300 tickets would go to German Football Association (DFB) sponsors, but that decision has since been watered down. One hundred tickets will now be made available via a ballot to supporters who purchase "virtual" fundraising tickets. … [Read more...] about German Cup: Minnows to waive home advantage as fans gradually return
More than 5,900 German college and university teachers have signed an open letter calling for a return to in-person instruction — arguing that universities are places of "encounter" and university life is a "collective phase" for students, during which important friendships and networks are forged. The signatories wrote that university teaching is founded on "critical, cooperative and trustworthy exchange between mature people" and added that this requires a physical presence. They wrote that the "digital leap forward" precipitated by the pandemic has threatened these aspects of university life. … [Read more...] about German universities juggle health and learning in coronavirus pandemic
However, it wouldn't be the first time that politicians in Germany shun tough choices, as was shown in the 2018 killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi hit squad in Istanbul. Despite evidence that the government in Riyadh was involved in the murder, Germany interrupted its weapon exports to that country only briefly, and calls for ending purchases of Saudi oil have long been forgotten. … [Read more...] about Nord Stream 2: Who needs the Russian gas pipeline after all?
Who could succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor? Annalena Baerbock At not yet 40, Annalena Baerbock has been a Green Party co-chair since 2018. A jurist with a degree in public international law from the London School of Economics, her supporters see her as a safe pair of hands with a better grasp of detail than Habeck. Her opponents point to her lack of governing or ministerial experience and her occasional gaffes in interviews. … [Read more...] about German mega-state votes in test for Merkel’s conservatives