In a week in which Roberto Mancini has, in his own grammatically peculiar way, fiercely criticised the timetabling of the Premier League, players in Germany have been sinking into their Christmas armchairs, safe in the knowledge that they will not have to start running off the Lebkuchen until at least a few days into the new year.
A few months ago I downloaded a mix by German house and techno wiz Alex Niggemann – typically when I enjoy a mix by someone I investigate their background and discover more of their music and other mixes… which is exactly what happened with Alex.I then saw him DJing at a party held during the Amsterdam Dance Event back in October and subsequently heard he was working on album. I asked Alex for a little progress report on what will be his first attempt at a Long Player – he also kindly donated an exclusive hour segment from his set at the infamous Watergate club in Berlin, recorded just a few weeks ago at the Clubmotoren event.
One of the leading factors in what’s been something of a rennaisance of house this year has been the large number of tracks that feature vocals. I’ve spoken about this with several DJs over the last months and there’s a definite feeling that having a vocal element in a house track helps make the music more accessible and gives it a wider appeal (for better or worse, depending on your stance). One person who has succeeded in making some instant classics in terms of vocal house has been Dortmund-based DJ/producer Larse.
After the resignation of president Wolfgang Overath earlier in the week, FC Köln would probably have been hoping for a weekend in which they could focus entirely on playing football. No one could have expected that, instead, the club would find itself embroiled in another, even bigger off field scandal.
On the back of a 2011 which has seen a near flawless Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, and concluded on Tuesday night with a 3-0 drubbing of the Netherlands, things are looking up for the German national team.
67% thought the EU had been beneficial to their economies. But only 40% felt the same about the euro.
Here we have the finance minister of the key nation of the eurozone crisis simply ignoring inconvenient facts. If you were an investor in eurozone sovereign debt, would you be re-assured by that?
De Grauwe’s point is that the severe austerity that northern European policy makers are imposing on crisis-gripped southern states, in return for bailout funds, is undermining the legitimacy of the entire European monetary project.
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