Nigeria’s Flamingos Drawn Against Germany At U-17 Women’s World Cup

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In this file photo, the Flamingos line up before their match against Guinea in a 2020 U-17 World Cup qualifier held in Conakry. Photo: [email protected]

 

Nigeria’s Flamingos have been paired alongside Germany in Group B of the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. 

The draw was held on Friday with Chile and New Zealand completing the group for Coach Bankole Olowookere’s side.

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The Nigerian girls had a brilliant run in the qualification series for the competition. They overcame Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia en route to the tournament.

They scored 15 goals and conceded none in the process with Opeyemi Ajakaye striking six times as Nigeria sealed a ticket to India.

Africa’s other representatives, Tanzania and Morocco are in Group D and A respectively.

Morocco will also battle hosts India, the USA, and Brazil in the same group while Japan, Canada, and France complete Tanzania’s group.

The competition will run from 11th to 30th October. It was supposed to hold in 2020 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Spain won the last edition in 2018. They are grouped alongside Colombia, Mexico, and China.

Groups and Teams For U-17  Women’s World Cup 

Below are the groups and teams for the U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022: 

Group A: India, USA, Morocco, Brazil

Group B: Germany, Nigeria, New Zealand, Chile

Group C: Spain, Colombia, Mexico, China

Group D: Japan, Tanzania, Canada, France

Germany Raises Gas Alert Level After Russia Cuts Supply

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Germany moved closer to rationing gas on Thursday as it raised the alert level under an emergency plan after Russia slashed supplies to the country.

“Gas is now a scarce commodity in Germany,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck told reporters at a press conference.

Triggering the second “alarm” level under its action plan brings Germany a step closer to the third and final stage that could see gas rationing in Europe’s top economy.

The development reflected a “significant deterioration of the gas supply situation”, Habeck said.

Germany, like a number of other European countries, is highly reliant on Russian energy imports to meet its needs.

Russian energy giant Gazprom last week reduced supplies to Germany via the Nord Stream pipeline by 60 percent due to what the company said was a delayed repair.

But Germany has brushed aside the technical justification for the move, instead of calling it a “political decision”.

Russia was using gas “as a weapon” against Germany in retaliation for the West’s support for Ukraine following Moscow’s invasion, Habeck said, with the aim of “destroying” European unity.

– Shortage scenario –
Gazprom has already stopped deliveries to a number of European countries, including Poland, Bulgaria, Finland and the Netherlands.

Supplies of gas to Europe’s largest economy were “secure” as it stood, with energy companies still in a position to “manage” the crisis, Habeck said.

The higher alert level would lead above all to increased monitoring of the supply situation but action was still required to prepare for the winter ahead.

“If we do nothing now, things will get worse,” Habeck said.

In April, Germany mandated gas storage facilities be filled to 90 percent by the beginning of December to mitigate the risks from a supply cut.

Currently, the country’s stores stand just under 60 percent full, above the average level of previous years.

The targets would, however, be hard to hit if exports onwards to other countries — hard to justify within Europe — were not limited.

Were these to return to the level they were at before the most recent supply squeeze, Germany could face an acute gas shortage in February 2023, while a further reduction in supplies via the Nord Stream pipeline could make the situation even worse.

Already, the German government expects supply to stop between July 11 and July 25 for maintenance on the pipeline.

If deliveries do not resume after the service period, Germany could face a shortage of gas as soon as “mid December”.

– Households and industry –
Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, Germany has managed to reduce the share of its natural gas supplied by Russia from 55 percent to around 35 percent.

The government has found new sources of supply, accelerated plans to import gas in the form of LNG by sea, and put aside 15 billion euros ($15.8 billion) to buy gas to fill storage facilities.

Germany also decided to reactivate mothballed coal-fired power plants to take the burden for electricity generation off gas.

In contrast, the government shrugged off calls to extend the operational lifetime of its nuclear power plants.

Prolonging the use of the final reactors set to be taken off the grid at the end of the year was “not an option”, it said Wednesday.

Germany had to look to see what the “energy saving potential” existed, Habeck said Thursday.

Households could “make a difference” by conserving energy, after Germany launched a campaign to encourage fuel-saving measures, he said, while industry could also make a further contribution.

The economy faced “significant challenges”, said Wolfgang Grosse Entrup, head of the German chemical industry lobby.

The burden between companies needed to be “shared fairly”, said Entrup, whose sector is highly reliant on gas to power production.

Nations League: Germany Thump Italy 5-2

Germany's forward Timo Werner (L) celebrates scoring the 4-0 goal with his teammates during the UEFA Nations League football match Germany v Italy at the Borussia Park stadium in Moenchengladbach, western Germany, on June 14, 2022. John MACDOUGALL / AFP
Germany’s forward Timo Werner (L) celebrates scoring the 4-0 goal with his teammates during the UEFA Nations League football match Germany v Italy at the Borussia Park stadium in Moenchengladbach, western Germany, on June 14, 2022. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

 

Germany equalled their biggest ever win over European champions Italy as Timo Werner scored twice in a thumping 5-2 Nations League victory on Tuesday.

The result in Moenchengladbach matched the Germans’ 5-2 triumph over the Azzurri at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium back in 1939.

Germany captain Manuel Neuer said the result was an “important milestone” for the hosts.

“You could tell today that we wanted to dominate,” he said.

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An early goal by Joshua Kimmich and Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty at Borussia Park put Germany 2-0 up before the floodgates opened early in the second half.

Thomas Mueller scored his 44th goal for Germany on his 116th international appearance before Werner scored twice in quick succession.

Italy’s consolation goals came late on through 18-year-old striker Wilfried Gnonto and Alessandro Bastoni.

“We played really good football at times and deserved to win,” said Gundogan.

“If we play like we did today, many teams will have a hard time against us.”

The result sees Germany move second in Group A3 as previous leaders Italy dropped to third, with Hungary top after a shock 4-0 win over England in Wolverhampton.

Germany could only scramble a 1-1 draw thanks to a late Kimmich goal when the sides last met in Bologna in early June, but this was a vastly improved performance.

Italy coach Roberto Mancini paid the price for making nine changes from the team which drew with England last weekend as only Gianluigi Donnarumma and David Frattesi kept their places in an experimental side.

German coach Hansi Flick made five alterations to the team which drew with Hungary in Budapest last Saturday as Gundogan seized his chance on his return.

The Manchester City star bossed the Italian midfield, creating more space up front.

Germany took the lead when Werner and Hoffenheim’s David Raum combined to set up Kimmich, who fired in on 10 minutes.

Italy conceded again just before half-time when Bastoni brought down Jonas Hofmann and Gundogan swept the resulting penalty past Donnarumma.

Mueller grabbed Germany’s third goal when he drilled a sloppy clearance into the Italian net.

Werner punished the visitors with two goals inside a minute, as Serge Gnabry provided both assists after slicing through the Italy defence.

Neuer, who had been outstanding all night, was finally beaten when he blocked a shot by Federico Dimarco into the path of Gnonto, then Bastoni headed in.

“We didn’t play the game we wanted,” admitted Gnonto. “Germany were clearly better and we have to match this level, which won’t be easy.”

 

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Battling Hungary Hold Germany To Latest Nations League Draw

Germany’s defender Thilo Kehrer (R) gets up to head the ball during the UEFA Nations League football match Hungary v Germany at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 11, 2022. Attila KISBENEDEK / AFP

 

Germany had to settle for their third Nations League 1-1 draw in a row after battling Hungary held their illustrious visitors in a Group A3 tie in Budapest on Saturday.

League A debutants Hungary stunned the Germans after just six minutes with a blistering strike by Zsolt Nagy before Jonas Hofmann levelled three minutes later with a fine solo effort.

The result extended the unbeaten run of Hansi Flick’s side to 12 matches but leaves them frustrated and still without a win three games into the campaign.

“I’m not going to start coming up with alibis, we wanted to get three points today,” Flick told reporters afterwards.

“Of course, we are disappointed, but you have to say that Hungary is an unpleasant team to play against,” Germany captain Manuel Neuer told broadcaster RTL.

Marco Rossi’s side also drew with Germany last June in the Euro 2020 group stages, and from the outset attacked with intent.

Puskas Arena soon erupted with ear-splitting noise when wing-back Nagy blasted home from close range after Manuel Neuer had palmed out a Roland Sallai header.

But the home crowd’s delight was shortlived as Hofmann pounced on a through ball by David Raum minutes later, rounded Peter Gulacsi and finished into an empty net for the equaliser.

Slick Germany posed the greater danger with Chelsea’s Kai Havertz steering a header from Raum wide before the impressive 1899 Hoffenheim winger sailed a curler round Gulacsi’s right post.

Hungary had pulled off a shock 1-0 home win over England a week ago and spurred on by their raucous fans they bustled with endeavour, with a drive from busy winger Attila Fiola forcing a reflex save from Neuer before the break.

With no let-up in tempo in the second half Germany upped the pressure and Hofmann should have scored his second with a quarter hour to go.

The pacy Borussia Moenchengladbach winger found himself clear on goal but underhit his side-pass to Timo Werner allowing Willi Orban to clear.

“I take the blame for not putting us 2-1 up. I’m very disappointed, because of that one missed chance,” Hofmann told RTL.

The Magyars squandered their own gilt-edged chance soon after when substitute Martin Adam, well-placed in the area, headed a Dominik Szoboszlai cross straight at Neuer.

Another home sub Daniel Gazdag then warmed Neuer’s gloves with a rasping effort from the edge of the box ten minutes from the end.

Germany will play their final match of the June international break at home against Italy on Tuesday before the group campaign concludes in September.

“We have to see that we learn the lessons from this game,” said Flick, with an eye on the World Cup in Qatar in five months’ time.

“We have always said that we are developing. We are in a process aimed towards the World Cup. Against Italy, we want to really get things going again,” said Neuer.

Also on Tuesday Hungary, who remain in second place in Group A3 behind leaders Italy with four points, visit last-placed England in Wolverhampton.

Germany Ready To Send More Troops To Lithuania – Scholz

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a press conference during a visit of the Silvestras Zukauskas landfill in Pabrade, Lithuania June 7, 2022
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Germany is ready to deploy more troops to Lithuania, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said during a visit Tuesday in response to repeated requests from the Baltics ahead of a NATO summit.

Even before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Germany, which heads up a NATO battle group in Lithuania, had increased the size of its deployment from 550 to 1,000 soldiers.

The formerly Soviet-ruled Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which are all now EU and NATO members, are worried they could be next if Russia defeats Ukraine.

Since the start of the conflict, they have asked for more NATO troops and the creation of brigades to replace the current units.

“We are ready to strengthen our commitment and develop it towards a robust combat brigade that can operate both as a deterrent and defend against an aggression,” Scholz said, alongside three Baltic leaders.

Brigades usually have around 4,000 soldiers.

“What is important for us, too, is that we discuss how we respond to the Russian attack by doing everything to make sure Russia cannot win this war,” he said.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said: “I believe that no one has any illusions about Russia now. We must realise that the Russian threat will not go away.

“There can be no dialogue or cooperation nor appeasement to this nation which continues to cherish it’s imperial ambitions,” he said.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said: “We need to make it clear to the aggressor that NATO has not only the will but also the ability to defend every centimetre of its territory.”

NATO has strengthened its eastern flank in recent years, particularly since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014.

In 2017, four multi-national battle groups were deployed to the three Baltic states and Poland.

Following the start of the Russian invasion in late February, NATO has decided to set up four new battle groups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

The NATO summit will take place in Madrid on June 29-30

Contact Made In Case Of Two German Girls Missing In Paraguay

German Girls Missing In Paraguay

 

 

The mother of a 10-year-old girl and the father of an 11-year-old girl have made contact with their daughters who last year were brought from Germany to Paraguay without their consent, the parents’ lawyer said Monday.

“On behalf of our clients Anne Reiniger, mother of Clara (Egler), and Filip Blank, father of Lara (Blank), we announce that as part of the search for their daughters from their respective first marriages, fruitful conversations have taken place place,” Stephan Schultheiss said in a statement to the press.

Clara, 10, entered Paraguay on November 27 with her father, Andreas Rainer Egler, 46, and his new wife Anna Maria Egler, nee Scharpf, 35.

Anna Maria Egler’s daughter from her first marriage, 11-year-old Lara Valentina Blank, was also with them.

The case has caused a stir in Germany. Last week, Clara’s mother and Lara’s father authorized the police to start a search for the missing girls, and Interpol has issued arrest warrants for Andreas and Anna Egler.

The pair of fugitive parents recently sent a video message and contact was established between the parties, the lawyer said.

“We are looking together for a solution that does justice to the rights of all parties involved, but above all to the best interests of the children,” said Schultheiss.

Anne Reiniger and Filip Blank have promised to drop charges if the fugitive couple agree to return the children and work out a custody agreement.

Train Crash Kills At Least Four Near German Resort

This video grab taken from footage of Network Pictures on June 3, 2022 shows rescue services at the site of a derailed train near Burgrain near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany. NETWORK PICTURES / AFP
This video grab taken from footage of Network Pictures on June 3, 2022 shows rescue services at the site of a derailed train near Burgrain near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany. NETWORK PICTURES / AFP

 

A train derailed near a Bavarian Alpine resort in southern Germany on Friday, killing at least four people and injuring dozens in a region gearing up to host the G7 summit in late June.

Several carriages of the red-coloured local train were lying on their sides on a grassy area next to a highway.

Rescuers stood on the top-facing side of the carriages, using ladders to climb into the waggons to reach trapped passengers.

“In the serious train accident, as of 3:32 pm (1532 GMT), four people were fatally injured,” said police in a statement.

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“Around 30 passengers were injured, 15 of them so seriously that they have had to be admitted to nearby hospitals,” they said, adding that a huge rescue operation was underway.

Bavaria’s interior minister Joachim Herrmann said three of the victims were found dead, while a fourth succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz voiced shock at the accident and said his sympathy was with families of the victims.

The accident came as rail officials were nervously watching if a new nine-euro ($10) monthly public transport ticket valid across Germany would lead to packed trains over the bank holiday weekend.

Technical fault?

Stefan Sonntag of Upper Bavaria’s police force said the regional train was “very crowded and many people were using it, hence the high number of injured”.

School holidays were also starting from Saturday in the two southern German regions Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria, raising fears children may count among the injured.

Images carried by German television showed teenagers on the rails, apparently after having managed to climb out of the train.

The train had just left Garmisch-Partenkirchen for Munich, when the accident took place in the Burgrain district of the resort town, just past midday.

Part of the route between Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been blocked off and traffic diverted, said German rail operator Deutsche Bahn, which was not yet able to provide a reason for the accident.

But Bavaria’s transport minister Christian Bernreiter told regional broadcaster BR that the accident may have been a result of a technical fault.

“There were no third parties involved here, so one must assume that some technical reason — either on the vehicle or on the rail — was the cause,” he said.

Even as Germany launched the heavily subsidised monthly transport ticket from June for three months to provide inflation relief, Deutsche Bahn had warned that heavy investments would be needed to modernise the tracks.

Rescue operation

“We have a dilemma that is hardly possible to resolve in the short-term — to grow and modernise at the same time,” said Richard Lutz, Deutsche Bahn chief on Monday.

Popular mountain resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding region have begun preparations to host the G7 summit of world leaders later this month.

From June 26-28, the heads of state and government including US President Joe Biden are due to meet at Schloss Elmau — 11 kilometres (seven miles) from Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Police and soldiers who had been deployed to prepare and secure the site ahead of the summit have now also been enlisted to help in the rescue operation.

Three helicopters from Austria’s Tyrol region were scrambled to the scene to provide first aid, according to media reports.

Germany’s deadliest rail accident happened in 1998 when a high-speed train operated by state-owned Deutsche Bahn derailed in Eschede in Lower Saxony, killing 101 people.

The most recent fatal crash took place on February 14, 2022, when one person was killed and 14 others hurt in a collision between two local trains near Munich.

In 2017, a passenger train and a stationary freight train collided near the western city of Duesseldorf injuring 41 people.

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Germany Passes 12 Euro Hourly Minimum Wage

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The German parliament passed legislation on Friday to raise the minimum hourly wage to 12 euros ($12.85), a key promise made by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s during his campaign for election last year.

The measure cleared the Bundestag lower house by a large majority, with support from deputies from the ruling centre-left-led coalition as well as the far-left Linke party. The conservative CDU and far-right AfD abstained.

The one-third increase will affect 6.2 million people, among an active working population of 45.2 million people.

The law will see the minimum wage go up in two steps, from 8.82 euros to 10.45 euros on July 1, followed by a second increase to 12 euros on October 1.

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Labour Minister Hubertus Heil called the move a “matter of respect” for hard work, saying that for low-wage earners it would mean the “biggest pay increase of their lives”.

A flagship policy in Olaf Scholz’s campaign manifesto for elections last September, the change is not without its critics.

Some experts fear it will add to wage pressures and price rises at a point where inflation is already unusually elevated.

In May, consumer prices rose at a 7.9 percent clip, a post-reunification record for Germany driven by the rising cost of energy.

A recent survey of 800 businesses by the commercial foundation Familienunternehmen found that 89 percent of leaders feared such a wage-price spiral.

Sectors already under pressure from increases in the prices for raw materials are particularly concerned.

The agricultural business lobby DBV warned against the “massive” impact of the wage hike.

Others argue the risks emanating from the measure are more limited.

Reasonable salary increases were needed to “stabilise the economy” the president of the influential DIW economic institute, Marcel Fratzscher, wrote in a column.

At the same time, unions are calling for even more significant pay rises to match the soaring cost of living.

Temporary inflation was “not as damaging” for the state as the loss of purchasing power for employees, the head of the German trade union federation DGB, Yasmin Fahimi, said.

Workers in a variety of sectors are in the process of negotiating new pay settlements.

In steel, several thousand employees held a strike in recent days to demand an increase of 8.2 percent.

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Germany Announces Swap Deal With Greece For Tanks To Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz addresses a press conference at the end of an European Union summit on Ukraine, defence and energy, in Brussels on May 31, 2022. The 27-nation bloc leaders agreed to a sixth package of sanctions that will see the majority of Russian oil stopped, but exempted supplies by pipeline in a concession to hold-out Hungary.
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Tuesday he had agreed to a deal with Greece that would see Athens send Soviet-era military vehicles to Ukraine in exchange for more modern armour from Berlin.

“We will provide German armoured personnel carriers,” Scholz said after an EU summit in Brussels.

Germany has already struck similar agreements to help supply weaponry to Ukraine with the Czech Republic and is currently negotiating one with Poland.

The goal is to supply Ukraine with vitally needed weapons from old Soviet-era stocks that it can quickly put into battle as it tries to halt Russia’s invasion.

Germany wants to deliver 14 Leopard battle tanks and one Leopard armoured vehicle to Prague in exchange for the Czechs sending T-72 tanks to Ukraine.

However, no date has yet been set for the delivery.

A planned swap with Poland that was meant to see Warsaw receive modern substitutes for equipment sent to Ukraine has also yet to materialise.

Polish President Andrzej Duda has accused Berlin of not keeping its promises over the hardware.

The German government has faced criticism from Kyiv and domestic opponents for being too slow at sending weapons to Ukraine.

Germany Hands Over Looted Artefacts To Namibia, But On loan

Head of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation Hermann Parzinger (L) and Esther Moombolah/Gôagoses from the National Museum of Namibia show some Namibian art pieces from the collection of the Ethnological Museum in Berlin on May 24, 2022, before 23 parts of the collection will travel to Namibia in the framework of the partnership research project titled "Confronting Colonial Pasts, Envisioning Creative Futures". Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP
Head of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation Hermann Parzinger (L) and Esther Moombolah/Gôagoses from the National Museum of Namibia show some Namibian art pieces from the collection of the Ethnological Museum in Berlin on May 24, 2022, before 23 parts of the collection will travel to Namibia in the framework of the partnership research project titled “Confronting Colonial Pasts, Envisioning Creative Futures”. Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP

 

Namibia on Monday took delivery of 23 ancient pieces of jewellery, tools and other objects pillaged during colonial rule, and returned as an indefinite loan from Germany.

The return of the artefacts is part of a project to encourage rapprochement between the two nations.

“All the artefacts were collected during the Germany colonial era from different Namibian communities,” said the Museum Association of Namibia chairwoman, Hilma Kautondokwa.

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The returned items were taken mostly between the 1860s and the early 1890s, she said. Hundreds of other objects remain in Germany.

The items were handed over to the National Museum of Namibia by the Germany’s Ethnological Museum of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.

They were immediately put up for public exhibition and will be available to local academics for research.

In May last year, Germany acknowledged it had committed genocide in colonial-era Namibia and promised a billion euros in financial support to descendants of the victims.

Activists have rejected the offer as insufficient for the atrocities that have poisoned relations between Namibia and Germany for decades.

The return of the 23 artefacts came after three years of talks between Berlin’s Ethnological Museum and the National Museum of Namibia.

Activists in Namibia have also questioned why Germany opted to loan the looted artefacts as opposed to simply handing them back.

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation president, Hermann Parzinger gave a “guarantee… that these objects will stay in Namibia”.

The return of the artefacts is the latest move in response to mounting calls in Africa for Western countries to hand back colonial spoils from their museums.

In 2019 Namibia received a Bible and a whip that belonged to celebrated national hero, Kaptein Hendrik Witbooi, who was instrumental in the early fight against German colonial domination.

The previous year, Germany repatriated skulls, bones and human remains that had been shipped to Berlin during the period for “scientific” experiments.

Germany Takes Italy To Court Over Nazi Compensation Claims

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

Germany on Friday brought a case against Italy before the International Court of Justice on the grounds that Rome is continuing to claim World War II compensation, thereby “failing to respect its jurisdictional immunity”, the court said.

The UN’s highest court ruled in 2012 that Italy had failed to fulfil its obligations by allowing victims of Nazi crimes between 1943 and 1945 to make compensation claims against Germany.

However, despite the ruling, Italian courts have “since 2012, have entertained a significant number of new claims… in violation of Germany’s sovereign immunity,” Berlin’s application said.

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Germany, in particular, referred to a 2014 judgement of the Italian Constitutional Court that permitted “individual claims by victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity to be brought against sovereign states”.

That ruling was “adopted in conscious violation of international law and of Italy’s duty to comply with a judgment of the principal judicial organ of the United Nations”, Germany said.

According to the ICJ, Germany says at least 25 new cases have been brought against Berlin before the Italian courts, and in at least 15 proceedings, they have “entertained and decided upon claims against Germany in relation to conduct of the German Reich during World War II”.

Germany, which has for years faced an increasing number of disputes before Italian courts brought by families of victims of Nazi crimes, filed a complaint with the ICJ in December 2008.

Berlin argues that the issue of compensation was resolved in the framework of international post-war agreements.

Based in the Hague, the ICJ was established in 1946 to settle disputes between states. Its judgements are binding and cannot be appealed, but the court has no means of enforcing them.

Bayern Munich One Win From 10th Straight Bundesliga Title

Bayern’s players celebrate Bayern Munich’s German midfielder Serge Gnabry (2nd R) scoring the 0-2 goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match Arminia Bielefeld v Bayern Munich in Bielefeld, western Germany, on April 17, 2022. INA FASSBENDER / AFP

 

Bayern Munich can secure a 10th straight Bundesliga title next weekend after they bounced back from their Champions League exit in midweek with a 3-0 win at Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.

An own goal by Bielefeld defender Jacob Laursen and strikes by Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala saw Bayern move nine points clear in the table.

“A bit of frustration was released after we were knocked out,” Gnabry told DAZN.

Bayern returned to winning ways five days after conceding a last-gasp equaliser at home to Villarreal to crash out of the Champions League with a 2-1 aggregate defeat in the quarter-finals.

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“I’ve had a hard time dealing with it,” Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich, who was outstanding Sunday, said.

“It’s still in the back of your mind.”

There are four league games left and Bayern can secure the title by beating second-placed Borussia Dortmund in next Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash in Munich.

“We definitely want to clinch it against Dortmund,” Kimmich added.

Bayern were ahead after less than 10 minutes in Bielefeld when a Kimmich pass found its way to Robert Lewandowski, who got a touch before Laursen helped it over the line.

Bayern had a let-off when Japan midfielder Masaya Okugawa clipped the ball over Dayot Upamecano before firing past Manuel Neuer, but the goal was ruled offside.

Just before half-time, Bielefeld midfielder Fabian Kunze was stretchered off after being elbowed in the head by Bayern’s Tanguy Nianzou, who was booked for the challenge.

It was Bielefeld’s third serious head injury in recent weeks.

In the seventh minute of first-half stoppage time, Bayern doubled their lead when Gnabry got on the end of another Kimmich pass to tap home.

Bielefeld kept searching for a goal to get back into the game after the break, but Bayern substitute Musiala secured the points with a late third.

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