Arts & Life
4:54 am
Fri July 11, 2014

For Germans in Alabama and Everywhere, a Moment of National Pride

Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final
Natacha Pisarenko/AP via

 ***Update:  Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in Sunday's World Cup final with a late goal in extra time***

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6:41 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Alabama-Germany Group Hosts World Cup Party

U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones warms up
Credit Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Germany and the United States are meeting in the World Cup, and an Alabama-based group is making the most of it.

The AlabamaGermany Partnership is holding a game-watching party in Birmingham on Thursday.

The organization promotes better relations and trade between the two countries. There's a strong German influence in Huntsville because of the space industry, and the German auto company Mercedes-Benz has a plant in Tuscaloosa County.

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Planet Money
8:59 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Wait, Investors Paid Germany To Hold Their Cash?

Monument to headier times: The euro logo outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. The International Monetary Fund has warned of possible deflation in parts of Europe.
Frank Rumpenhorst AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 19, 2012 3:00 pm

On Wednesday, investors paid Germany to hold on to their money for a couple years.

That's right: Germany got to borrow more than 4 billion euros (about $5 billion), and instead of Germany paying interest to its lenders, the lenders are paying Germany. This a lot like Citibank paying you a smidgen to carry a balance on your credit card or to take out a loan (without also charging you interest).

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