Daily Archives: January 21, 2011

team DHB fueling confidence against Tunisia

The German handball players have thrown the frustration of the soul and turned away from the first preliminary round at a World Cup for 37 years. 24 hours after the debacle of Kristianstad’s team coach Heiner Brand went through a 36:26 (15:12) in the "group final" against African champions Tunisia in the main round one. "This victory is worth a lot. We have fought great, it was a convincing performance," said the outstanding goalkeeper Johannes Bitter.

The 2007 World Champion backed up with 6-4 points for third place in Group A and could at least temporarily operate reparation for the loss to France (23:30) from previous day. However, starting the selection of the German Handball Federation (DHB) punktlos in the next tournament phase, since they had lost in the first round against Spain (24:26). "Of course we have not dreamed of this starting point, but we will see what to do yet," said fire and said: "We are now fighting for the Olympics.".

Hens and Preiss best throwers

Before 3050 spectators were against the Tunisians Pascal Hens (6 goals / HSV Hamburg) and Sebastian Preiss (5/TBV Lemgo) Germany’s best pitcher. In the main round beginning on Saturday in Jönköping, Sweden are the Olympic silver medalist Hungary and Iceland and Norway the opponent.

The DHB has seven in its "Mission Impossible" only theoretical chances of reaching the semi-finals, but may at least continue to dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games in 2012. In order to maintain a realistic chance of London, is at least the World Cup in seventh place needed.

A day after the insult against France and the following night crisis meeting at the team hotel, the players knew what had struck the hour. Even before the warm up, they formed a circle and pledged to a "final" against Tunisia.

Guarantee for the victory: Johannes Bitter

But after a good start (6-3 and 8) the German team lost the thread again after seven minutes and was not self-connected with 6:8 (15) back. Against the aggressive coverage of the North Africans were captain Pascal Hens and Co. first no means. In this phase, it was thanks to keeper John Bitter, that the gap was not greater. The Hamburger, who was preferred against Silvio Heine cousin came, alone in the first half to eleven parades (1 seven meters).

Only after the conversion of its own defense to a 5-1 system was given the team more fire safety. The preliminary decision came as the favorite, thanks tempo of several counter-attacks until the 42nd could develop minute, a seven-goal lead (23:16).

Finally, the DHB had missed selection in 1974 at a World Cup the main round. DHB Vice President Horst Meier Brede had held on Wednesday night just hours after the defeat against France a speech and introduced the players the importance of early failure. In a team meeting then talked the players Tacheles. Bitterly: "There were a few things to address that did not work."

The French press had only scorn for the day after the former world champion left: "Germany did not exist," wrote the daily sports newspaper L’Equipe. After threatening tenth at the 2010 European Championships in Austria in Sweden after a disappointing first round the next big disappointment.

In the main round is the European champion of 2004, despite the bursting of the medal dream a lot at stake. At least the fourth place in the main round group I must be achieved so that the Olympic opportunity is maintained. While only the world champion qualifies directly for the Summer Games next year, the World Cup places guarantee two to seven after all, take part in the three Olympic qualification tournaments in April 2012. act as host to the World Cup runner-up, third-and fourth-placed.

There will connect to twelve teams competing for six places available for London. If the tournament registration will be missed, there is only a way to fulfill her Olympic dream: The title win at the European Championship 2012 in Serbia.

Greece needs immediate rescheduling

BERLIN. The President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Hans-Peter Keitel is calling for an immediate rescheduling program for Greece in order to reassure the financial markets. "Greece is to relieve only by a rescheduling of the debt crisis. The restructuring program would have to start today rather than tomorrow," BDI President Keitel said in an interview with Handelsblatt (Friday edition). The debt burden is already high and will continue to grow oppressive.

The euro-zone countries now have to provide clarity. "It is counterproductive to aggravate the situation by 2013 artificially and then take a cut debts," Keitel said. The creditors know the Greek government bonds and debts had already been priced in, argued the BDI President.

Fierce criticism Keitel practiced at the finance ministers of the euro countries. "The harm daily utterances of individual finance ministers about the pros and cons of individual measures. Let the financial markets only with actions, not calm, with speeches," said Keitel. Therefore, the countries of the Euro-zone hire expertise as quickly as possible tools to present that could be implemented immediately. "Otherwise, the financial markets to force solutions," the BDI President said.

Lukashenko accuses Germany before coup

HB BERLIN / MOSCOW. The authoritarian Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has accused Poland and Germany open with plotting a coup against him. "There (in Germany and Poland) the plans were drawn up for an overthrow of the constitutional order," Lukashenko said on Thursday in Minsk. "This is not an invention of our intelligence," as the last dictator in Europe criticized the president stressed. Berlin and Warsaw rejected the previously sharp only by a government newspaper expressed coup allegations.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (FDP) in Berlin, spoke of "unsubstantiated allegations" with which Lukashenko wanted to distract attention from its own wrong. The European Union had a clear political response to the events surrounding the Belarusian presidential election on 19 December 2010 and the continued detention of political opponents found. In neighboring Poland, the Foreign Ministry accused Lukashenko, he had taken the route of confrontation. It would be in relations with Minsk no normalization unless all political prisoners would be released.

In the international observers criticized as fraudulent presidential election, the ruling for 16 years, Lukashenko confirm in office. No German or other EU representatives will attend this Friday at Lukashenko’s inauguration. The U.S. wants to stay away demonstratively, as they said in Minsk. Federal Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner (CSU) invited because of the allegations, the Belarusian deputy minister of agriculture Nadezhda Kotkowez of agriculture ministers from the summit on Saturday in Berlin.

Lukashenko threatened at a meeting in Minsk "hardest reactions" to the EU should impose sanctions against his country. The 56-year-old warned Belarus to drive through a blockade policy in the narrowness and isolation. He’ll do anything to get the country’s sovereignty.

The EU Parliament called for under the economic sanctions in a resolution. The representatives also requested a travel ban on Belarusian officials and police officers from the violent dissolution of protests against the elections 19th December were involved. Nor should the assets be frozen. The EU foreign ministers will discuss later this month on penalties.

The Belarusian authorities have repeatedly taken action against violent opposition Presidential candidate and government critic who had prompted Lukashenko to resign.

The head of state accused Germany and Poland, the protests have been organized and financed to have. This would confirm the number of detainees in their statements. Human rights activists have been complaining for a long brutal methods of interrogation and torture in Belarus to force critics of the government into making false confessions.

Shortly before the controversial inauguration again for about 20 government opponents were arrested. Among the detainees for days is the opposition Presidential candidate Ivan Kulikov. The risk of nuclear experts "because of professional misconduct" up to ten years in prison. Dozens of other Lukashenko opponents fear a similar fate.

exceeds Greece savings targets

ATHENS. Even Finance Minister Giorgos Papakonstantinou progress reports: In 2010 he was able to cut the budget deficit to 19.45 billion euros – to 30.9 billion last year. Therefore, the deficit was reduced by 37 percent. In the consolidation program that Greece has voted with the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a savings target was set of 33.2 percent. The success is due primarily to the account of drastic cuts in budgetary expenditures, which were reduced from the previous year by 9.1 percent. The specification of the savings program was 7.5 percent.

On the revenue side of the finance ministers failed to be objective, however: instead of expected tax revenues increased six percent to only 5.5 percent. A consequence of the recession: According to preliminary calculations, the Greek economy last year shrunk to about four percent.

The budget figures showed that Greece are under the EU agreed with IMF and consolidation program, said in a statement to the Athens Finance. The implementation of the savings targets is a prerequisite for the granting of international assistance loans of 110 billion €. The money will be in several installments by 1 Quarter of 2013 and paid to allow the highly indebted country to refinance to a large extent, bypassing the capital markets.

The Greek Government, meanwhile, feeling against the hopelessness: In summer, the economy would grow on swinging, Development Minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis said on Thursday. The booming exports would end the recession in its debt-ridden country.

By 2010, exports had increased by eight percent, although the overall economic performance was probably shrunk by more than four percent. Chrysohoidis called the success of the export sector a "new miracle" – but the orders from the European Union of Greek companies have recently increased by 15 percent.

Greece experienced the highest budget deficit in 2009 of all euro countries: 15.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Last year, the debt ratio, according to preliminary calculations, to 9.4 percent – a remarkable success. In this year, 7.4 percent can be achieved. For 2014, sees the consolidation program envisages a deficit of only 2.6 percent. So that Greece would then meet for the first time the requirements of the EU Stability Pact, which imposes an upper limit of three percent of GDP.

Why did the Greeks have made is the most ambitious fiscal consolidation program of all euro countries. Whether the bill is a success is uncertain. For the draconian austerity measures have driven the country deeper into recession. Also this year the GDP, according to the latest projections, by about three percent decline. The tax revenue bubble therefore more modest than originally thought. The Minister of Finance, more needs to save in order to achieve its objectives and consolidation of the economic cycle to cut even more money – a vicious circle.

The only bright spot so far: the Greek exports. They grew last year despite the recession, to nearly eight percent. Exports to EU countries rose by 15 percent even. After two weak years, tourism could grow again this year, especially since most of the Greek hoteliers have reduced their prices. Tourism contributes almost one-fifth of GDP and is thus an important pillar of the economy. Development Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said on Thursday that he expected in the summer so a return to growth. The Minister is therefore more optimistic than the experts of the EU and the IMF, for the fourth quarter with a slight economic growth expected before. Portugal can also reduce deficit

Even if the economy should pick up again sooner than expected: the remains precarious debt dynamics of the Mediterranean country. According to IMF calculations, the debt later this year will reach 152 percent of GDP next year and increase to 158 percent. Until 2014 the debt ratio to decline again, but only slowly. Debt of this magnitude are, according to many economists not to use sustainable – especially not when the financial markets is so high risk premiums as they currently require to pay the €-crisis states. Stubbornly remains therefore speculations about a previous or subsequent impending restructuring of the Greek national debt – even if denied on Thursday the governments in Athens and Berlin and the European Commission this scenario again with emphasis.

The highly indebted Portugal has made progress on its austerity measures, according to the government probably faster than expected. The budget deficit last year was probably down to the target market of 7.3 percent of gross domestic product, Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos said on Thursday. Then, in his words indicate, the most recent government data. Accordingly, the government revenues have risen in 2010 to 4.6 percent more than expected, while spending 3.7 percent less than predicted grew.

2009 the deficit was still 9.3 percent. This year, the government is targeting a deficit of 4.6 percent. It counts on a cut in wages and salaries in the civil service and tax increases. In this way they will prevent, to Greece and Ireland’s next Euro member aid from the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to take claim of need. Many experts expect, however, that the low growth country but ultimately from the euro rescue must resort to billions in aid. politicians and experts doubt continue to Greece

Nevertheless, the doubts are growing among politicians and economists that Greece manages for long without a debt. The President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Hans-Peter Keitel is calling for an immediate rescheduling program for Greece in order to reassure the financial markets. "Greece is to relieve only by a rescheduling of the debt crisis. The restructuring program would have to start today rather than tomorrow," BDI President Keitel said in an interview with Handelsblatt (Friday edition). The debt burden is already high and will continue to grow oppressive.

The euro-zone countries now have to provide clarity. "It is counterproductive to aggravate the situation by 2013 artificially and then take a cut debts," Keitel said. The creditors know the Greek government bonds and debts had already been priced in, argued the BDI President.

Fierce criticism Keitel practiced at the finance ministers of the euro countries. "The harm daily utterances of individual finance ministers about the pros and cons of individual measures. Let the financial markets only with actions, not calm, with speeches," said Keitel. Therefore, the countries of the Euro-zone hire expertise as quickly as possible tools to present that could be implemented immediately. "Otherwise, the financial markets to force solutions," the BDI President said.

Daimler appoints Constitutional Court Judge to the Board

STUTTGART. According to information from the environment of the company, the Stuttgart-based group, the 59-year Federal Constitutional Court Judge Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt for the new Board department law and integrity has decided. The Topjuristin is to be appointed in the first quarter, confirming a person familiar with the situation, a report by "Manager Magazin". Yet the inspectors is not aware of any proposed resolution, which is why the company backed out. A spokeswoman would not comment on the information position.

The restraint has its reason. For the Toppersonalie has explosive potential for the company. Hohmann Dennhardt who was already seated for the SPD in Hesse cabinet, will leave before the end of this month from the highest German court in Karlsruhe. In addition, the lawyer, which this year will be 60 years old, is changing in an age in which Daimler executives normally retire.

But Zetsche had made no secret of the fact that he is a woman for the Executive Board of the automaker wants. Back in November, he had stressed at a conference in Berlin that were in ambitious companies are pure gentlemen’s clubs on the way out. The automaker has set itself, Zetsche has long been a target of increasing the proportion of women in the workforce in 2020 to 20 percent. Currently, he is however, only 12.5 percent.

A first attempt to rely on Zetsche, a woman in top management had failed two years ago, however. At that time he had Sukal Margaret, known as train personnel manager, pulled on the short list – the plan failed, however, the Supervisory Board. Zetsche, it appears to the advancement of women, however, to serious. Already head of the Smart small car brand and the leadership of the global corporate security, he was in female hands.

Daimler is following a general trend in German industry. Already in the past year, Telekom had launched the first DAX-30 companies a women’s quota. Minister Ursula von der Leyen had this week made it much to regulate such a rate even by law. So far, however, hardly any women in the top echelons of German corporations are located.

Daimler expands with new division announced last fall and legal integrity of its officers on the future of seven members. So far, the compliance staff was directly subordinate to the CEO Zetsche. In future it will have a special place in the executive committee.

The Stuttgart-based company that draws further consequences of a bribery scandal in the group and makes the first car manufacturer to corruption to board thing. Only in April this year, the Stuttgart had paid 180 million dollar fine to the U.S. Justice sets up a procedure for suspected corruption against the company. The U.S. Justice Department and the SEC had determined in 2005 against Daimler AG for payment of bribes in at least 22 countries.