Knowing me, knowing EU: ABBA man wants UK to stay

first_imgBjörn Ulvaeus, a former member of the Swedish band ABBA, has said it would be “a disaster” if the U.K. votes to leave the EU after the referendum on June 23.Ulvaeus told the BBC: “I pray that you don’t leave the EU, it would be a disaster I think. It makes me sad.”He said that the U.K. feels like a second home to him, because he has lived there for six years. “It’s like someone you love leaving you in a way. It is emotional,” he added. When asked about the position of Sweden in Europe, that has similarly to the U.K. not joined the Eurozone, Ulvaeus said that Sweden and Britain share “the same kind of ambivalence towards the EU.”People in Sweden would therefore want the U.K. to remain a member, he claims. “One of the reasons with Brits in, there is sort of more people who think like we do in the EU.” Also On POLITICO Garry Kasparov to Britain: Don’t give Vladimir Putin a Brexit By Vince Chadwick Half of Europeans think Britain will leave the EU By Vince Chadwicklast_img read more

Borussia Dortmund Sign Axel Witsel In €20m Deal

first_imgGerman Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have completed the transfer of Belgian midfielder Axel Witsel from Tianjin Quanjian.Witsel, 29, has signed a four-year contract at the Signa Iduna Park until 2022 after joining from the Chinese Super League outfit in a deal worth €20m.The former Zenit St. Petersburg star helped Tianjin to a third-place finish last season but the club is in ninth position on the league table this season after 16 games.He was part of the Belgium squad that finished in third place at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.On his move, Witsel said: “After the World Cup, it was my goal to move from China back to Europe.”“I’m totally happy and also proud to be allowed to play for BVB soon.“After our first conversation, I did not have to think twice, because for me Borussia Dortmund is one of the best clubs on the continent. Honestly, I can not wait to run around in front of 81,000 people.” He concluded.BVB Sporting director Michael Zorc added: “We have been very interested in signing Axel Witsel for many months and are very happy that he has chosen Borussia Dortmund.”“Axel is a player with a great deal of international experience who has all the skills to shape BVB’s central midfield: tactical understanding, tackling power, speed, creativity and mentality.” Zorc concluded. Relatedlast_img read more