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Germany To Repatriate Gold From Us, France

visit this site The total value of the returned gold is estimated at 1.1 billion euro, the head of Bundesbank, Jens Weidemann told the Bild newspaper. Weidemann explained it is part of a program to increase the reserves held in Frankfurt, and there was no doubt on the security of the gold held in America and France. The gold reserves of the country will be stored in Frankfurt because it has a special storage with the corresponding equipment, said Carl-Ludwig Thiele, a Bundesbank board member. A large part of the German gold is held in foreign banks, primarily in New York and Paris. At the beginning of this year the Bundesbank said it intended to repatriate 700 tons of gold worth 27 billion euro by 2020.
More: http://rt.com/business/germany-to-return-gold-737/

'Jihad Tourism': From Germany To The Syrian Battlefield

According to Spiegel, one of the video's captions says he "stormed like a lion into the area of the (infidels) ... and took pleasure in fighting them." Officials tell NPR that many of the people going to Syria from Germany in what is being dubbed "jihad tourism" are German-born Muslims of foreign descent. A few are ethnic Germans who've converted to a fundamentalist version of Islam. The officials say all of those going are radicalized over an extended period of time via the Internet or acquaintances before being recruited to fight or help the warring factions. But authorities say there is little they can do under German law read more... to stop people from traveling to Syria. It's especially easy for these recruits to get to Syria, says Boris Rhein, the interior minister in the German state of Hesse, where Frankfurt is located.
More: http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/12/21/256002951/jihad-tourism-from-germany-to-the-syrian-battlefield

Putin critic Khodorkovsky in Germany after pardon

Their teams will meet in a pre-World Cup friendly on June 1. Andre Penner/AP FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Germany will play fellow World Cup participant Cameroon in one of its final warmups for the tournament in Brazil. The match is scheduled for June 1 in Moenchengladbach. Germany also plays Poland on May 13 and is looking for an opponent for a June 6 match, one day before departing for Brazil. German Football Federation president Helmut Sandrock says the coaching staff wanted Germany to play against a ''strong African team'' ahead of the tournament.
More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20131220/germany-cameroon-world-cup-friendly.ap/

Germany, Cameroon to meet in pre-World Cup friendly

Bertelsmann has built up a $2 billion war chest to spend on acquisitions and expansions after raising $1.8 billion from the sale of a 17 percent stake in RTL and some $110 million by cashing out of its 7.5 percent stake in Russia's National Media Group. Vodafone Bets Big on German Cable U.K. mobile giant Vodafone official site completed a $10.4 billion takeover ofleading German cable TV operator Kabel Deutschland, beating out John Malones Liberty Global. The mega-deal sees the British cell phone group betting big that customers will want a one-stop shop for everything from Internet, cable TV, telephony and mobile services. 2014 is likely to show first signs of how the deal is working out. Box Office, Video and Music Sales on the Up Germanys box office remained on course to beat its record gross of 2012 as theatrical revenues hit $680 million in the first half, a 7.5 percent year-over-year gain. Higher ticket charges for 3D screenings played a role, but attendance figures were also up slightly.
More: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/germany-2013-review-business-booms-667014

Germany Right to Hold Out on Banking Union

Putin would not have allowed Khodorkovsky's release if he saw him as a threat, political strategist Gleb Pavlovsky told Ekho Moskvy radio. "Khodorkovsky is Putin's prisoner," he said. Liliya Shevtsova, an analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, said the pardon was not evidence of a "political thaw" but a "demonstration of the absolute power of one man in the Kremlin who enjoys his omnipotence and who has found one more way to demonstrate it". END OF EMPIRE Yukos's prize production asset ended up in the hands of state oil company Rosneft, which is now headed by close Putin ally Igor Sechin. Sechin said on Friday that he saw no threat of legal action from Khodorkovsky, state-run news agency Itar-Tass said.
More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/20/us-russia-khodorkovsky-idUSBRE9BJ09020131220

Germany 2013 in Review: Business Booms, Rupert Murdoch Doubles Down on Sports

Poland is such a common destination for stolen cars that there are even rhyming poems about it: Heute gestohlen, morgen in Polen (Stolen today, tomorrow in Poland), http://wallinside.com/post-9531506-bodybuilding-professors-outmuscle-the-stereotype.html or the Berliners mocking and oft-repeated notion for a Polish tourism slogan, Come to Poland, your car is already here. Poland, after all, is only 50 miles from Berlin. But when police looked at the stolen cars on computer maps, they were pinging from Tajikistan. Even for German stolen cars that was a bit unusual. And unusual for stolen cars here takes some doing. For instance, the Ukrainian justice minister drives a Mercedes-Benz stolen from Germany. But these cars had passed beyond the Black and Caspian seas and then would have had to pass through either Russia or Iran to get to Tajikistan, on the northeastern edge of Afghanistan. Berlin detectives went to Tajikistan and reported online that the cars were being used by the inner circle of President Rahmon.
More: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/24/4712135/germany-suspects-its-stolen-cars.html

Germany suspects its stolen cars traveling to Tajikistan

By Biography Dec. 22, 2013 4:05 p.m. ET By common consent, last week's eurozone deal to create a banking union was a turkey. Barely anyone has had a good word to say in its defense. Euro-zone leaders insisted that the decision to hand over power to wind up failed banks to an independent eurozone agency with access to a common eurozone fund was a significant pooling of sovereignty.
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