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US upsets China with new de facto embassy in Taiwan Chinaʼs Foreign Ministry has already lodged a complaint with the US over the new American Institute in Taiwan building. US officials say the complex represents the "strength and vibrancy of the US-Taiwan partnership." In a move likely to increase tensions between the US and China, the United States opened a $256 million (€225 million) representative office in Taiwanʼs capital on Tuesday. The American Institute in Taiwan has functioned as Washingtonʼs de facto embassy in democratic self-ruled island Taiwan since 1979. It was opened to conduct relations with Taiwan following Washingtonʼs decision to switch diplomatic recognition to Beijing. The new building is a significant upgrade from the low-key military building that AIT has used for decades and will serve as the representative office later this summer, AIT Director Kin Moy said at the opening ceremony.
German police in Viersen arrest suspect in teenage girl stabbing A 17-year-old turned himself into police following the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl in Viersen. Police had earlier released a 25year-old man who had been falsely suspected of the crime. German investigators looking into the stabbing and killing of a teenage girl recieved a breakthrough on Tuesday after the suspected attacker turned himself in to police. A 15year-old girl was fatally stabbed in a park in the German town of Viersen, near Düsseldorf on Monday. She was taken to the hospital, but later died of her injuries. Police earlier said the girl was of Romanian descent. After following false leads on suspects, a 17-yearold boy appeared at a police station in the city of Mönchengladbach along with his lawyer to turn himself in.
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South Koreans wary of losing US defense assurance Trump-Kim summit:
President Moon Jae-in has welcomed the diplomatic "success" between Washington and Pyongyang, but many South Koreans believe it is not wise to give up on security guarantees. The summit in Singapore on Tuesday between US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was received in South Korea with a mix of euphoria and guarded optimism. After the summit, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said it was a "historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy." Moon also personally commended both Trump and Kim for their "courage and determination" and called the summit a "daring step toward change." The image ofTrump and Kim signing an agreementwith their countries flags in the background was indeed astounding when one considers Washington and Pyongyang have no formal diplomatic relationship. The four-point joint statement between Washington and Pyongyang, however, was relatively short and vague. And while Pyongyang committed to work on "complete denuclearization," no immediate, concrete measures were outlined. More important for South Korea were President Trumpʼs statements during an hour-long press conference, in which he said that the US would be stopping joint military maneuvers with South Korea, as long as
the talks with Pyongyang are ongoing. For the North, this provides an incentive for the communication process to continue. Additionally, Kim promised to close another rocket testing facility. But for the South, an important defensive posture may be compromised. South Korean conservatives criticized the move toward diminishing military cooperation with the US. Hong Joon Pyo, speaker for the conservative Liberty Korea Party wrote on Twitter that "South Koreaʼs national security is on the edge of a crisis." The role of China is also looming large in the background as Pyongyang begins to publically commit to reducing its weapons capacity. Chen-shen Yen, a professor at the Institute of International Affairs at National Chengchi University in Taiwan, told DW that China probably has provided a kind of "guarantee" for North Korea in the background. "If the US changes its mind, China would continue to secretly help North Korea either through military capability or with a security guarantee," said Chen. "It is only because of potential promises from Beijing that Kim was able to appear so self-confident in Singapore."
Hamid Karzai: Former Afghan president hopeful for ʼpermanent peaceʼ with Taliban Former Afghan President Karzai has hailed the ceasefire agreement between Kabul and the Taliban at DWʼs Global Media Forum. He also said the West, including Germany, must admit their failure in the war-torn country. It was Hamid Karzai who set up a peace commission in 2010 for talks with Islamist insurgents. The Taliban, however, did not reciprocate the gesture and instead intensified their attacks on NATO forces, Afghan soldiers and civilians. But a recent week-long Eid truce between President Ashraf Ghaniʼs government and the militant group has raised hopes that the 16-year-old deadly conflict could finally be resolved. It was the first time since 2001, when US forces ousted the Taliban regime, that the group has shown a degree of flexibility in their dealing with the Afghan government, which it considers a "US puppet."
German teachers cannot strike, says Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe Four German teachers took their demand to be allowed to strike to the highest court in Germany, only to face defeat before the judges in Karlsruhe. Public officials cannot go on strike, said the Constitutional Court. Teachers who are employed as civil servants would not be allowed to strike, Germanyʼs Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday, refusing a push to soften the strike ban on public sector workers.
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Boat collision on Russiaʼs Volga River kills 11 At least 16 people were on the catamaran when it collided with another boat 250 meters from the riverbank in Volgograd. Russiaʼs Investigative Committee has opened an investigation into the cause of the crash. At least 11 people on a river cruise died after their boat crashed into a barge on the Volga River in the Russian city of Volgograd on Monday. At least 16 Russians were on the vessel, according to Russiaʼs Investigative Committee, which has opened an investigation into possible breaches of safety regulations. Emergency services were made aware that the vessels had collided on the Volga River, about 250 meters from the riverbank at around 10 p.m. (1900 GMT). Five people were rescued and three survivors were in hospital, according to the website of regional governor Andrei Bocharov. "The rescue operations have just finished. The last body has been recovered and the number of dead is 11," the local emergencies ministry said in a statement quoted by the Ria Novosti news agency.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions curbs asylum for immigrant victims of violence US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has delivered a ruling that curbs immigration judges from considering domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum. The decision is expected to affect tens of thousands of cases. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said immigration judges generally cannot consider domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum. Mondayʼs ruling could affect large numbers of Central Americans who have increasingly turned to the United States for protection. "Generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence or gang violence perpetrated by non-government actors will not qualify for asylum," Sessions wrote in 31-page decision. "The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes — such as domestic violence or gang violence — or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot itself establish an asylum claim." The move, which was widely expected, overruled a Board of Immigration Appeals decision in 2016 that gave asylum status to a woman from El Salvador who had fled her husband. 2
Franceʼs Emmanuel Macron blasts Italy for ʼcynicismʼ over migrant ship Italy had a responsibility to help them, Marcon said
French President Emmanuel Marcon slammed Romeʼs "cynicism and irresponsibility" after Italyʼs new government turned away a ship full of migrants from its shores. Top French officials on Tuesday publicly decriedItalyʼs decision to reject port for the French NGO rescue ship, Aquarius, with 629 immigrants on board. According to Emmanuel Macronʼs spokesman Benjamin Grivaux, the French president believes Italy was obligated to accept Aquarius under maritime law. "There is a degree of cynicism and irresponsibility in the Italian governmentʼs behavior with regards to this dramatic humanitarian situation," Griveaux quoted Macron as saying. Griveaux said Macron made the remarks dur-
Venezuelaʼs hyperinflation soars to 24,571 percent The South American country is spiraling further into a humanitarian disaster spurred by the governmentʼs economic policies, which have caused Venezuelaʼs inflation to skyrocket 24,571 percent in the past 12 months. The opposition-dominated Venezuelan parliament issued fresh economic data on Monday, showing that inflation for the month of May spiked 110.1 percent compared with April, and sending annual inflation to a staggering 24,571 percent. With daily inflation running at 2.4 percent,the countryʼs currency, the bolivar,plunged about 98 percent in the course of the past 12 months alone.
ing Tuesdayʼs weekly Cabinet meeting. Macron also praised Spain for pledging to accept the ship once it reaches their shores. "You canʼt create a precedent that will enable one European country to offload onto other European countries," Griveaux said. "We need to show solidarity which Italy has not shown." Separately, Franceʼs Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told French lawmakers that the new Italian government had "chosen to not respect its international obligations in terms of security for the people." "Itʼs a tragedy that we are experiencing every day," said the parliamentʼs finance commission spokesman Rafael Guzman as he revealed the latest figures. Opposition politicians in the South Americancountry blamethe socialist government of President Nicolas Madurofor the massive economic crisis. Years of mismanagement had led to widespread shortages of food and medicine, they said, and had caused the oil-rich country and itsstate-owned oil company PDVSAto default onsome of its debt.
Ukraine and Russia interests ʼfar apartʼ as peace talks resume in Berlin
The KATRIN Tritium Neutrino experiment: A giant scale for the tiniest particles starts Neutrinos are so tiny and inconspicuous that physicists believed for a long time they had no mass. Now, a massive device that scientists say will determine the mass of neutrinos has begun operation in Karlsruhe. What is the exact mass of the three known kinds of neutrinos? Any answers? No? Well, donʼt worry, because nobody knows. Not yet. Electron, muon and tau neutrinos are simply too difficult to grasp for scientists. The ghost particles are electrically neutral, and do not interact with electromagnetic fields, light or matter. But the Karlsruhe Tritium Neutrino Experiment (KATRIN) hopes to shed light on the question of neutrino mass. On Monday, June 11, 2018, a ceremonial inauguration marked the beginning of measuring operations. One part of the device, the electron source, has been operational since October 16, 2016. But the real fun starts now. About 200 researchers from 20 institutions in seven countries are cooperating in the experiments at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
Germanyʼs Heiko Maas has hosted the foreign ministers from Russia and Ukraine, as talks aimed at resolving the Ukraine conflict resumed for the first time in 16 months. Maas has warned that talks will be "tough." Russian and Ukrainian officials met for first time in over a year on Monday, suggesting the two sides may be prepared to restart efforts to resolve theconflict in eastern Ukraine. However, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who mediated the talks in Berlin along with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, warned ahead of the meeting that "Ukraine and Russiaʼs interests and views lie far apart in many areas." "The implementation of the Minsk accords stalled for too long, at the expense of the people in eastern Ukraine, who wish for nothing more ardently than peace," Maas told German daily paper Bild. "I have no illusions — the new start will be difficult."
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New German ʼmigration master planʼ delayed as conservatives bicker Interior Minister Horst Seehoferʼs new "migration master plan" for Germany was set to be published on Tuesday. At the last moment, apparently amid disagreement with Chancellor Angela Merkel, it has been postponed. Germanyʼs conservatives have announced a delay to their new "migration master plan." The precise reason for the delay was not clear, with the Interior Ministry merely saying late Monday that some issues still needed to be agreed. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, of Bavariaʼs Christian Social Union (CSU) party, was expected to present a 63-point plan on migration and asylum rules to other parties on Tuesday, but seemingly couldnʼt get the green light from Chancellor Angela
Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli: Turkey will remain in Iraq Turkeyʼs military has said its warplanes hit 12 Kurdish rebel targets in cross-border raids in northern Iraq. It comes as the Turkeyʼs defense minister said it would not stop until all rebel groups were removed. News Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli: Turkey will remain in Iraq Turkeyʼs military has said its warplanes hit 12 Kurdish rebel targets in cross-border raids in northern Iraq. It comes as the Turkeyʼs defense minister said it would not stop until all rebel groups were removed. A Turkish Air Forces warplane takes off from Incirlik Air Base in Adana, southern Turkey, in April 201 The Turkish military on Tuesday said its jets hit 12 Kurdish rebel sites overnight, including shelters, weapon positions and ammunition depots used by the Kurdistan Workersʼ Party (PKK) in northern Iraqʼs Hakurk, AvasinBasyan and Qandil regions. The Qandil mountain region is where Turkey claims that the senior PKK leadership has its headquarters. Turkey has been broadening its operations in its southern neighbor and has vowed to destroy a stronghold of the militant fighters.
Merkel, leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). According to a report in Germanyʼs mass-circulation daily Bild, the pair disagreed over whether or not to send people away at Germanyʼs border if they had already been refused asylum, or had applied for asylum, elsewhere in the EU. That sticking point is fundamental, since turning people away at Germanyʼs border could potentially disrupt the Dublin agreement, which regulates asylum policy across the European Union.
German states recall thousands of fipronil-contaminated eggs
The German government has recalled thousands of eggs contaminated with the chemical fipronil. The news comes less than a year after the insecticide found its way into millions of eggs in the Netherlands. The Agriculture Ministry of the state of Lower Saxony has said that approximately 73,000 eggs due to be sold across six German states are contaminated with the insecticide fipronil. The new contaminated batch of eggs from the Netherlands arrived
on supermarket shelves in Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Bavaria, Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia, the ministry said Monday. A recall of the eggs has been initiated. The news of the contaminated eggs comesless than a yearafter it became public that fipronil, a toxic anti-lice agent banned from use in products for human consumption, had found its way into millions of eggs in the Netherlands.
Prestigious Peace Prize of the German Book Trade goes to Aleida and Jan Assmann The German academic duo have been selected for cultural writings that have promoted "sustainable peace and understanding among the peoples of the world." They will be receiving the award at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
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CEBITʼs last-ditch effort to remain relevant In a desperate bid to secure its future and reinvent itself, Europeʼs biggest digital tech expo is trying a new format, turning itself into a technology festival and organizing the event in early summer. Once every year, thousands of technology aficionados from around the world descend on the western German city of Hanover to take part in Europeʼs premier information technology exhibition, CEBIT. It was once celebrated as the worldʼs biggest technology fair, but has lost its luster over the past several years, steadily losing the number of exhibitors and visitors coming to the event. This year, from June 11-15, between 2,500 and 2,800 exhibitors from 70 countries are expected to present their innovations in Hanover. This is around 200 less than in the previous year and a mere quarter of the number of participants during the dot-com boom years. The declining interest has even put CEBITʼs survival into question, and forced the organizers, Deutsche Messe AG, to completely overhaul the event in what is regarded as a desperate attempt to attract more visitors and remain relevant.
Hamburg partial diesel transport ban goes into effect The city of Hamburg is the first to penalize older diesel vehicles in an effort to improve air quality. The partial diesel ban was cheered by environmental groups and represents a blow to the auto industry. Hamburgʼs partial diesel ban begins on Thursday, forbidding drivers with old diesel engines from transiting in two major streets. Hamburg has become the first German city to limit diesel cars on a regular basis, sincea Federal Administrative Court ruled that German states, cities and municipalities have the right to imposesuch bans. The partial ban represents a victory for environmental groups, who have advocated for improved air quality in German cities. But it is a blow to automakers, reeling from a diesel manipulation scandal that has rocked the industry and led toa decrease in consumer demandfor diesel engine cars. But it is a blow to automakers, reeling from a diesel manipulation scandal that has rocked the industry and led toa decrease in consumer demandfor diesel engine cars. 4
Climate change strips nutrients from food crops Environmental changes are posing a serious threat to production and nutritional value of our crops. Not taking action could have major global implications for food security and public health, a new study outlines. A new study has further revealed how climate change is reducing yields and sucking the nutrients from our vegetables and legumes, raising serious questions over the future of food security and public health around the world. Thereport, which was led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, is apparently the first of its kind to methodically examine to what extent environmental changes such as water scarcity, increases in tempera-
Daimler ordered to recall over 200,000 diesel cars The German Transport Ministry has said premium carmaker Daimler will have to recall over 200,000 cars in Germany alone over the suspected use of defeat devices in diesels. The firm pledged "full cooperation." Following a second meeting between Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer in Berlinon Monday, the government said it would issue an official order to make the carmaker withdraw a total of 238,000 cars in Germany alone. The announcement came a day after Germanyʼs Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported that the national road vehicle authority KBA had found five illegal switch-off devices in Daimler diesels. The authority said it suspected the emissions control devices were being used in the bulk of Daimlerʼs new Euro 6 diesel car fleet,insisting that the devices were in breach of current regulations.
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Kuril Islands: Japan protests Russian undersea cable to disputed territory A territorial spat over the Kuril Islands has been a stumbling block to reconciliation since the end of World War II. Russia now wants to lay an undersea fiber optic cable to the disputed islands. Tokyo on Monday protested plans by Moscow to bury an undersea cable between the Russian Far East and the Russian-controlled Kuril Islands, which Japan also claims as its Northern Territories. "Itʼs extremely regrettable as such a project is proceeding under the Russian occupation that has no legal basis," Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said. Russia told Japan it would start working on the undersea project on Sunday, according to Kyodo News, a Japanese news agency. Tokyo also complained to China over the involvement of Chinese multinational Huawei Technologies in the project, he added.
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ture and a greater concentration of carbon dioxide could impact the nutritional quality and yield of crops vital to our everyday nutrition. Previous research into the impact of environmental change on food has mostly focused on the yield of staple crops such as wheat, rice and corn. However, there has been comparatively little discussion on how climate change is affecting nutritious foods that are considered more important to a healthy diet.
German businesses seek answers from Britain on postBrexit relations
The head of one of Germanyʼs business groups warns that Britain and the EU could "sink into insignificance" if they stay divided. Businesses fear that Britain could crash out of the bloc in March 2019. Three leading German business groups on Monday issued an appeal to Britain to set out its exact plans for its economic relations with the European Unionafter it leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019. In a joint statement, the heads of the organizations said they were worried that even the "transition phase" after Brexit was not assured. Dieter Kempf, who heads the Federation of German Industries (BDI), said that this phase would be made possible only if there were agreement on the future and the conditions of Britainʼs exit, adding that the EU and the UK needed to make progress at a summit at the end of June. "German industry expects a binding and clear response to the proposals of the EU27 regarding the future economic relationship.
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Why so many gosh darn jellyfish? Mediterranean resorts are having to ban swimming
Mediterranean resorts are having to ban swimming because of plagues of jellyfish, which scientists blame on a complex cocktail of human impacts, from climate change to overfishing. Few things evoke the idea of a relaxing vacation than a dip in the calm waters of the Mediterranean — especially for northern Europeans. But idyllic tourist spots such as southern Spain are increasingly having to prohibit bathing due to plagues of dangerous jellyfish. Experts say jellyfish arenʼt just an inconvenience for swimmers. They are evidence of a perfect storm of human impacts destabilizing marine ecosystems. Cli-
mate change, unsustainable fishing practices and agricultural chemicals are all suspects in the explosion in jellyfish numbers. But a lack of scientific knowledge about these alienlooking creatures and their complex biology means pinning down the exact cause is a complex business. The many differences between thousands of species of jellyfish make it all the more challenging for researchers to pin down clear data.
Astro-Alexʼs first inflight call from space Just four days ago, German astronaut Alexander Gerst arrived for his second mission, Horizons, at the International Space Station. On Tuesday, he joins an inflight press call. Watch it live here. Alexander Gerst arrived along with Sergey Prokopyev (Russia) and Serena Aunon-Chancellor (USA) at the International Space Station (ISS) last Friday. Since then, he and his colleagues have had four days to adjust to microgravity, get settled, move all the equipment for their scientific experiments — and their personal belongings — into racks and other places. On their arrival, Gerst, Prokopyev and AunonChancellor were welcomed by three other astronauts who were already there: Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Oleg Artemiev. The old-hands gave the new crew members a tour of the ISS to show them whatʼs new up there.
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Hamburg Airport: Interconnected infrastructure is vulnerable A power blackout at Hamburg Airport has shown that even in highly developed industrial countries small triggers can lead to the collapse of huge systems. Backups are on overload, because they are used too rarely. The power blackout at Hamburg Airport has shown that even in highly developed industrial countries small triggers can lead to the collapse of huge systems. Backups are on overload, because they are used too rarely. Last weekend a power blackout completelyparalyzed Hamburgʼs airport. And last year, a computer glitch also caused chaos. Itʼs far from being the only place where such things happen: In December, an electric fire
caused chaos in Atlanta, at one ofAmericaʼs largest Airports. The collapse of the flight schedules had knock-on effects throughout the United States and beyond, because connecting flights are so closely interwoven and turnover times at airports so short that one delay leads to another. It is not just in air travel that large systems can collapse. In December 2017, when a new train time table took effect in Germany, there weremassive delays.The reason was the introduction of the new European Train Control System (ECTS), which is supposed to facilitate the control of high speed trains throughout Europe with all its different technical standards.
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Events Horizon: what’s happening in Budapest – June 2018 There are so many major things going on in June that you shouldn’t miss. In this events round-up, we bring together all of the important happenings taking place in and around Hungary’s capital in the upcoming weeks, so you can plan the month ahead. Get out there and enjoy everything that Budapest has to offer! Brain Bar Generali Childrenʼs Island Lenny Kravitz Downtown Beer Festival Danube Carnival A38 concerts Etyek Summer Picnic Budapest Summer Festival Kolorádó Festival Billy Elliot – The Musical Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Night of the Museums Red Bull Air Race The Red Bull Air Race fills Budapest’s skies with extreme aerobatic stunts performed by some of the world’s most daring pilots right above the river, using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes. This air show generally exceeds any expectations, because in addition to flying between floating checkpoints, the planes pass beneath the Chain Bridge, amazing the crowd of spectators lining the length of the riverside. A combination of high speed and extreme manoeuvres make this race an unparalleled visual spectacle that everyone can enjoy between June 23rd and 24th, over the Danube in the city centre.
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FIFA: No past doping offences among Russia World Cup squad
FIFA has found "insufficient evidence" of past doping infringements among Russiaʼs provisional squad for the World Cup. Past investigations into Russian doping had highlighted football as one sport affected. World footballʼs governing body said on Tuesday that none of the players set to represent host nation Russia at next monthʼs World Cup had failed doping tests in the past. FIFA launched investigations in light of the McLaren Report, which found evidence of widespread doping in Russiaʼs Olympic setup and also highlighted soccer as one of the sports involved.
Tiger Woods shoots strong opening round in Florida
A strong first round by Tiger Woods at a key tuneup for the Masters has golf fans buzzing. Bookmakers have even put the former longtime No. 1 menʼs player among the favorites to win the first major of the season. Tiger Woods sank six birdie putts to shoot a four-under-par 68 in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hills, Florida on Thursday. The former world No. 1 displayed the peak form that saw him finish second at the Valspar Championship last weekend, his best finish in five years, and showed no sign of the back pain that had sidelined him for most of the past two seasons 6
Is eSports about to be recognized as a sport in Germany? Politicians in Germany are mulling recognizing eSports as a sport. Their decision would have wide-ranging repercussions in the gaming industry in the country and further legitimize the digital sport phenomenon. eSportsʼ continued growth has pushed competitive gaming ever-more into the public eye. This has sparked a debate about gaming’s role within German society, and whether eSports should be officially classified as a sport. And it is looking increasingly like it will. Chancellor Angela Merkelʼs grand coalition of her Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed to recognize eSports as a sport as part of the coalition agreement they reached earlier this year. However, the legislation necessary to do so has not yet been passed. "eSports were long considered a niche topic, generally only discussed by experts. It has now reached a tipping point where it has become a meaningful topic to all of society and cannot be ignored," Konstantin von Notz, deputy chair of the opposition Green Party in the lower house Bundestag said.
Joachim Löw and the luxury of longevity Itʼs with good reason that heʼs been given the time to do it
By learning pertinent lessons from the past and asking imaginative questions about the future, Joachim Löw ensures his teams are prepared for the present. Joachim Löw and Vittorio Pozzo have a few things in common. Pozzo (1886-1968), still the longestserving national team coach in European football history, having spent 19 years in charge of Italy between 1929 until 1948, is also the only coach to have won back-to-back World Cups (1934 and 1938). By the time of the 2018 World Cup final on July 15, Löw, the longestserving current European coach,
will have been in charge of Germany for 12 years and three days. And the 58-year-old will be hoping that he will be on the touchline in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow with a chance to match Pozzoʼs achievement and defend the World Cup. But the two men have something else in common — they were both footballing visionaries and innovators who planned for the long term.
Dirk Nowitzki: ʼThe big mummyʼ embarks on his 20th NBA season As the NBA returns to action, so does the greatest German player of all time. Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks is back for his 20th season in the worldʼs top professional basketball league. When he takes to the court in the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Wednesday night, Nowitzki will likely be playing against a familiar face; Dennis Schröder of the Atlanta Hawks, the man expected to succeed him as Germanyʼs most famous bas-
ketball player. However, the 24-yearold Schröder will have a lot of work ahead of him, if he is to come close to matching Nowitzkiʼs achievements in the National Basketball Association (NBA) over the past two decades. Among other things, the native of Würzburg in the southern German state of Bavaria won the award as the leagueʼs most valuable player in 2007 and led the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA title four years later – when he was also named the MVP of the playoffs.