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Scotland’s Euro 2016 rivals need summer holiday insists Germany coach Loew – Deadline News

By DARREN JOHNSTONE Capital City Press

GERMANYcoach Joachim Loew insists his players need of a summer Discount Holidays © holiday following Wednesdays shock defeat to the USA.

The world champions were beaten 2-1 in Cologne in a warm-up game ahead of their return to Euro 2016 Group D qualifying action against Gibraltar on Saturday.

Mario Gotze put the Germans ahead but Mikkel Diskerud and Bobby Wood sealed a memorable victory for the Americans.

Germany, who are locked on 10 points with Scotland after five games in the qualifying section, take on minnows Gibraltar in Faro tomorrow and Loew admits his squad needs a break following an exhausting season.

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He said: I think right now its important that our players get a summer holiday.

Well be happy on Saturday once this season is wrapped up.

We will play a good game in Gibraltar and get the three points, I am convinced of that. But well also be happy when the season is over.

The fact the players are somewhat tired after a taxing season is completely normal.

We must, and will, hold the tension until Saturday.

Wednesdays defeat was Germanys third in nine games since being crowned world champions after also suffering set-backs to Argentina and Group D rivals Poland.

Loew is demanding that his players become more ruthless in front of goal.

He added: For me, some of the players lacked that lust to score a goal.

It was the same against Poland and Georgia, as well as the United States.

The conversion of chances is very important and therefore remains an issue for us.

It is an area we must improve on if we are to ensure a successful autumn campaign.

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European Factors-Shares seen mixed after holiday weekend

LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) – Stock markets were seen opening on a mixed note in Europe on Tuesday, the first day of the trading week for several countries after a Discount Holidays © holiday weekend, with Greece’s ongoing debt drama in focus and after a poor local election result for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

At 0643 GMT, EuroSTOXX 50 futures were down 0.5 percent, though German DAX futures and French CAC futures were up 0.3 percent and FTSE futures were flat.

Greece intends to make good on its debt obligations but needs aid urgently to be able to do so, the government said on Monday, after several senior officials insisted Athens had no money to pay a loan instalment falling due next week.

Meanwhile, in Spain, a battering in local polls has cast doubt on Rajoy’s plan that an economic recovery will secure him a second term later this year.

European shares fell on Monday, with Athens’ main equity index falling 3.1 percent and Spain’s IBEX down 2 percent. Trading volumes were thin with the London, Frankfurt and New York stock markets shut for public holidays.

Deal-making in the telecoms sector was set to make news again this week, with Franco-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi’s Altice battling Charter Communications (NasdaqGS: CHTR[1]news[2]) for control of Time Warner Cable (Xetra: T3W1.DE[3]news[4]) and with investors encouraging Vodafone to spin off assets and seek a merger.


Time Warner Cable Inc is nearing an agreement to be acquired by smaller peer Charter Communications Inc for about $55 billion, combining the second and third largest U.S. cable operators, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Charter was competing for Time Warner Cable against French telecommunications group Altice SA.


Investors are encouraging the network operator to spin-off its emerging markets operations and seek a 120 billion pound ($185.38 billion) merger with Liberty Global (NasdaqGS: LBTYA[5]news[6]) , according to the Sunday Telegraph.

BAYER (Milan: BAY.MI[7]news[8])

The drugmaker expects the world’s largest economies to pool billions of euros in funding for the development of antibiotics against the growing threat of drug-resistant superbugs, its chief executive said on Friday.


The Italian bank launched a 3 billion euro ($3.3 billion) share sale on Monday, its second cash call in less than a year, to plug a capital shortfall exposed by last year’s Europe-wide stress tests and repay state aid.

UBS (NYSEArca: FBGX[9]news[10])

UBS is seeking to offload its private bank in Australia to the unit’s management following a review of underperforming businesses at the Swiss bank, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.


The low-cost airline reports profits up 66 percent after bumper year.

L’OREAL, HENKEL (Other OTC: HELKF[11]news[12])

The French cosmetics company said it will reduce prices of most of its imported products in China to encourage domestic consumption, after China promised to slash import tariffs on goods including skincare products.

The company is not interested in buying Procter & Gamble’s haircare business, L’Oreal management board member Nicolas Hieronimus told Handelsblatt on Monday. Sources told Reuters last month that Henkel was one of the companies preparing a bid for the unit, which includes the Wella and Clairol brands.

MERCK KGaA (Other OTC: MKGAF[13]news[14])

The German drug maker expects sales to grow by around 5 percent in its core operations over the coming years, helped by its pipeline of prospective new drugs, its chief executive was quoted as saying by weekly Euro am Sonntag.


Investment management firm Paulson & Co has 6.05 percent of the tyre company, according to filings from Italian market watchdog Consob.


The drugmaker said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had provided clearance for the cobas Cdiff Test to detect Clostridium difficile in stool specimens.

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(Reporting by Lionel Laurent)


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Easter city breaks 2016

If you want to escape the dodgy UK weather why not head to Europe on a short jaunt with the family this Easter1? Whether you’re looking for a sandy beach a la the Algarve or want to immerse yourself in a bit of history courtesy of our EU neighbours in Germany we’ve spotted some amazing value deals that will keep the whole family smiling ear to ear over the school holidays. Take a look at the best deals going right now – and get booking before it’s too late.

Travel Deals

1. Amsterdam

Easter City Breaks 2016 Explore the canals of Amsterdam

The deal: 3 days/2 nights hotel stay and London flights2. Prices start from 146pp.

Why you should visit: The best place to see this city is from the water, that’s why staying at the unique floating hotel, Amstel Botel, situated in the centre of Amsterdam’s river Lj is ideal for those wanting to kick back over the Easter holidays.

There’s a complimentary ferry to Central station for when you want to head off and explore the cultural hub of the city and a string of outdoor markets.

2. Rome

Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 Visit the iconic Coliseum in the romantic city

The deal: 3 nights stay at the 4 star Novotel Roma Eur and flights3. Prices from 192pp.

Why you should visit: Stay at the uber modern and stylish 4-star hotel, designed by the renowned Giannone Petricone architects. When you can pull yourself away from your hotel get out an explore the city’s rich artistic history and romantic atmosphere.

3. Brussels

Ken Gillham Easter City Breaks 2016 Grand Place deserves it’s UNESCO World Heritage Site title

The deal: 1/2 nights for two at 4-star hotel with optional breakfast. Price from 55pp4

Why you should visit: If you book this deal you’ll be a stone’s throw away from Brussel’s Magritte Museum and the Grand Palace. Modern art lovers can get lost in the city’s iconic Atomium structure before exploring one of several exhibitions in the museum.



Easter City Breaks 2016 Warm welcome: Bask on Barcelona’s beaches

The deal: 2 nights stay and flights from 149pp5

Why you should visit: A mix on sun, sea and culture Barcelona is a great all rounder with a little something for everyone. If you like art head to the Picasso Museum or prefer savouring gourmet delights hang out at La Boqueria or the trendy Sant Antoni near the Gothic Quarter.

5. Portugal

Easter City Breaks 2016 The stunning Algarve coastline will make you want to stay forever

4 nights B&B accommodation and flights (departing from Luton)6 from 295pp.

Why you should visit: What better way to crack open you Easter egg than on the beach in the Algarve. This deal from Teletext Holidays7 won’t burn a hole in your purse and the whole family will enjoy staying at the Tivoli Marina Portimao hotel, situated next to the Portimao Marina – ideal for a spot of shopping or dining out.

6. Prague

Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 If you love Gothic architecture, you’ll adore Prague

The deal: 2 night B&B accommodation and flights (departing from various locations). Prices from 199pp8

Why you should visit: The Czech Republic’s stunning capital has more than enough to keep you occupied during a short break.

Lap up the city’s grand architecture and even grander palaces and castles. Explore the city’s Old Town while dining alfresco on a traditional rohl k (a Czech version of the hot dog).

7. Paris

Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 Be in the city of love in less just two hours

The deal: Eurostar tickets and hotel accommodation from 153pp9

Why you should visit: Take the two hour Eurostar to Paris and you’ll be left with plenty of time to uncover some new spots in one of the most adored cities in the world. Make your friends jealous with snaps of the outstanding historical buildings of Le Marais or head to the hip South Pigalle where you’ll find the hottest clubs and bars.

8. Budapest

Flickr Easter City Breaks 2016 Style AND substance is what Budapest has to offer

The deal: 2 nights stay at a 4-star hotel plus flights, from 99pp10

Why you should visit: Live like a king or queen for the weekend in Budapest with a stay at NH Budapest City hotel which boasts state of the art spa facilities and treatment rooms or relax at the sleek and stylish Eurostars Budapest Center. Both are located with the city’s best attractions at your doorstep.



Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate looks most impressive after dark

The deal: 3 nights stay and flights11 from 97.56pp

Why you should visit: Located in the famous Alexanderplatz Square, the Grand city hotel in Berlin is the ideal pit-stop after a day sightseeing around the German capital – be it on a city bike tour or on foot at your own pace.

10. Dublin

Easter City Breaks 2016 Dublin’s crowining glory is its castles

The deal: 4 star hotel and flights from 181pp12

Why you should visit: Not only is Dublin the perfect city break for those looking to discover nearby natural wonders like the Wicklow mountains.

And there’s also plenty on offer if you want to stay close to your hotel with iconic landmarks like St Patrick’s Cathedral standing like a beacon in the heart of the city.

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