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Juncker appointment a 'good sign for Europe's actions'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pictured with the new European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

The appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president is a "very good sign" for Europe's ability to act, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, after a meeting with leaders of south east European countries in Croatia.

Ms Merkel added: "I would like to congratulate Jean-Claude Juncker on his election as EU president with a clear result in the first round of voting [...] It will inspire us to resume the work with the European commission."

Watch: Juncker: I will negotiate a fair deal with Britain

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Germany's World Cup stars dance on stage in Berlin

A clutch of Germany's World Cup stars - including Arsenal's Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mezut Ozil - danced on stage to the cheers of thousands of fans in Berlin this afternoon.

The celebrations marked Germany's fourth World Cup victory - the first since the re-unification of Germany in the early 1990s.

Germany stars parade through Berlin with World Cup

Germany's World Cup stars are currently on parade through the capital Berlin after returning home with the Jules Rimet trophy.

Arsenal's Lukas Podolski is pictured with the trophy alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger on the bus.

Masses of fans have lined the streets to welcome the side - who beat France, Brazil and Argentina on their way to victory.

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Pilots given 'golden opportunity' to hold World Cup

The German national team has tweeted a picture of head coach Joachim Loew with the pilots of the team's flight back to Germany - who are given a "golden opportunity" to hold the World Cup trophy.

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Germany's World Cup winners receive heroes' welcome

Germany's victorious football team have returned to the country following their World Cup win.

Captain Philipp Lahm holds the trophy aloft as the side leave the plane.
Captain Philipp Lahm holds the trophy aloft as the side leave the plane. Credit: Reuters

Fans have amassed in their thousands to greet the nation's football team as they return to Berlin with the World Cup trophy.

Supporters cheer in a "fan mile" in Berlin.
Supporters cheer in a "fan mile" in Berlin. Credit: Reuters

The victory is the nation's first since the reunification of East and West Germany in the early 1990s.

Fans in the capital cheered as the players' flight arrived overhead.
Fans in the capital cheered as the players' flight arrived overhead. Credit: Reuters

Merkel's show of anger over US spying claims

Germany told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country today in a dramatic display of anger from Chancellor Angela Merkel after officials unearthed two suspected US spies.

The scandal has chilled German relations with Washington to levels not seen since Merkel's predecessor Gerhard Schroder opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

ITV News Correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:

US intelligence on Germany 'laughable'

The German government has poured scorn on the alleged espionage by the US that prompted a CIA official to be asked to leave Berlin.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the information the United States appeared to have obtained was "laughable", contrasting that with the "disproportionate and serious political damage" the scandal had caused.

Allegations emerged last year that the US spied on Angela Merkel's phone calls. Credit: PA

Chancellor Angela Merkel was "not amused", Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said, adding: "This is so stupid, it can only make you weep."

Tensions between the longtime allies have risen since revelations last year stemming from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a contractor with the US National Security Agency.

Those caused Berlin to demand a mutual "no-spy deal", which Washington has resisted.

Chancellor Merkel called US President Barack Obama last year after revelations that the US may have spied on her mobile phone.

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