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Football: German league leading scorers

Leading scorers in the German league after the weekend's matches: 14 goals: Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Ramos (Hertha Berlin) 13 goals: Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Mandzukic (Bayern Munich) 11 goals: Drmic (Nuremberg), Firmino (Hoffenheim), Lasogga (Hamburg) 10 goals: Hahn (Augsburg), Ibisevic (Stuttgart), Kiessling (Bayer Leverkusen), Müller (Bayern Munich), Rafael (Moenchengladbach) 9 goals: Okazaki (Mainz)

Football: Strugglers Hamburg stun Russia-bound Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund suffered a shock 3-0 league defeat at Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg on Saturday, just three days before their Champions League last-16 clash away to Zenit St Petersburg. Jurgen Klopp's Dortmund got the worst possible result ahead of their trip to Russia for Tuesday's first-leg clash while Hamburg recorded their first league win since November in Mirko Slomka's first match in charge as coach.

Volkswagen names Renschler as new trucks chief from February 2015

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmaker Volkswagen <VOWG_p.DE> named former Daimler <DAIGn.DE> manager Andreas Renschler to head up its commercial vehicles business as it pursues its long-standing ambition to become Europe's biggest truck manufacturer. Wolfsburg, Germany-based Volkswagen said on Friday that Renschler's would succeed Leif Oestling in his new job on February 1 of next year.

Wagner great grand-daughter to quit Bayreuth Festival

Eva Wagner-Pasquier, great grand-daughter of German composer Richard Wagner, is to quit as co-chief of the legendary Bayreuth Festival in September 2015, according to a newspaper report Friday. Wagner-Pasquier, 68, currently runs the annual summer music bash dedicated exclusively to Wagner's operas, with her much younger half-sister Katharina Wagner, 36. They were originally appointed in 2008, taking over from their father Wolfgang Wagner (1919-2010), and their contracts are scheduled to expire in September 2015.

Football: New Hamburg boss Slomka relishing Dortmund test

New Hamburg coach Mirko Slomka has said he is relishing hosting Borussia Dortmund on Saturday as he begins the task of escaping the relegation places to ensure his new club's Bundesliga survival. Slomka penned a two-year deal as Hamburg coach on Monday, replacing ex-Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk who was sacked last Saturday with the club second from bottom and on an eight-match losing streak. The 46-year-old Slomka has just 13 matches left to prevent former European champions Hamburg being relegated from Germany's top flight for the first time.

Europe's chemical firms pin hopes on R&D with customers

By Ludwig Burger FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European chemicals and plastics makers are cutting in-house research and instead trying to persuade industrial customers to work together on developing running shoes, cars or electronics. Collaborating can cut millions of euros from research and development (R&D) budgets and translate into exclusive supplier contracts as chemical and plastics profits come under pressure from cheaper emerging market competition and rising fuel bills.

Germany's Merkel convenes allies to restore confidence after scandal

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel aimed to restore public confidence in her governing coalition at a meeting of party chiefs on Tuesday to clear the air after a scandal that poisoned the atmosphere. Merkel's right-left "grand coalition" can ill-afford distractions from its efforts to push on with complex reforms of the energy and pension systems in the European Union's largest and most prosperous economy.

Germany's Merkel convenes allies to restore confidence after scandal

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel aimed to restore public confidence in her governing coalition at a meeting of party chiefs on Tuesday to clear the air after a scandal that poisoned the atmosphere. Merkel's right-left "grand coalition" can ill-afford distractions from its efforts to push on with complex reforms of the energy and pension systems in the European Union's largest and most prosperous economy.

Merkel expects parliament to clear up open scandal questions

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she is confident that parliament will clear up open questions in the case of Social Democrat (SPD) lawmaker Sebastian Edathy, who is at the core of a scandal that led to the fall of a conservative minister. "There are open questions and I assume that the corresponding things will cleared up in parliament ... that all the open questions will be cleared up so that we can restore confidence," Merkel said.

German coalition hurt by scandal but won't break

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - The fall of a conservative minister has poisoned the atmosphere in Germany's new left-right coalition, but party leaders made clear on Monday they would not let this derail the government at a sensitive moment for its reform program. Agriculture Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich's resignation prompted tit-for-tat calls for the Social Democrats, who share power in Chancellor Angela Merkel's "grand coalition", to offer up a scalp of their own.
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