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Seven Reasons To Care About Germany-Greece Eurozone Soccer Death Match

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HEADLINES The German and Greek press have been "at war" for nearly a week. Following Greece's qualifying win against Russia on Saturday, Athens-based Sports Day"s front page was a message to Germany. "Angela, get ready! Did you see how your debtors qualified?"...."Give us Merkel," headlined Greek soccer outlet Goal News. And the very confident Adesmeftos Typos added: "Greek football is better than Greek politics. It will kick Germany out of the Euro."

German tabloid Bild wrote, "Be happy Greeks, the defeat on Friday is a gift. Against Jogi Loew, no rescue fund will help you." The Berliner Kurier, had a mockup picture of the Greek team wearing Germany jerseys with this caption: "Grateful Greeks show their new sponsors for the quarter-finals."

LOADED NAMES On Tuesday, Greece's striker said: "We can't mix soccer and politics." His name: Giorgos Samaras, as in Antonis Samaras, Greece's new Prime Minister, but they are not related.

COACHES PLAY POLITICS Players and coaches have rejected any influence of politics on the game, but no one did it quite like Joachim Loew. Watch his comment here.

CHANCE-LLOR Angela Merkel, who is considered a lucky charm for the Mannschaft, will be in attendance in Gdansk, Poland. And yes...she will definitely see a country leave the Euro.

LINKS Germans and Greeks may dislike each other these days but their teams have strong ties. Greece's previous coach was German star Otto Reaghel. Eight Greek players have played in Germany, Jose Holebas was born there and Kostas Mitroglou was raised there.

DON'T FORGET WHO WON LAST In 2004, Greece won the Euro, something powerhouse Germany hasn't done since 1996.

HISTORY And because Germany-Greece is a good reason to watch this from Monty Python...!

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How Ukraine Keeps Getting The West To Flip On Arms Supplies

The open debate on weapon deliveries to Ukraine is highly unusual, but Kyiv has figured out how to use the public moral suasion — and patience — to repeatedly shift the question in its favor. But will it work now for fighter jets?

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U.S fighter jets ready for takeoff on the USS Nimitz

Pierre Haski

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PARIS — In what other war have arms deliveries been negotiated so openly in the public sphere?

On Monday, a journalist asked Joe Biden if he plans on supplying F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. He answered “No”. A few hours later, the same question was asked to Emmanuel Macron, about French fighter jets. Macron did not rule it out.

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Visiting Paris on Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksïï Reznikov recalled that a year ago, the United States had refused him ground-air Stinger missiles deliveries. Eleven months later, Washington is delivering heavy tanks, in addition to everything else. The 'no' of yesterday is the green light of tomorrow: this is the lesson that the very pragmatic minister seemed to learn.

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