The German government and the German Olympic Committee have rejected a boycott of the Beijing Games this summer over China’s crackdown in Tibet. The country’s media largely agree with that decision – but not because of the official reasoning. The Local has a roundup of opinion in leading newspapers.
A German vicar in Düsseldorf decided to have parishioners lie in an open grave as a form of meditation, but was thwarted by nosy journalists, according to news agency Reuters on Friday.
A driving school instructor was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs while giving a driving lesson in Trelleborg in southern Sweden on Friday morning.
The wages of managing directors in Sweden's top stock exchange listed companies continued to rise sharply last year with many firms posting record profits.
In the wake of allegations that the more than 100 animals have 'disappeared' from the Berlin Zoo, its director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz has admitted to aiding in the deaths of four wild cats in 1991.
The foreign ministers of Sweden, Portugal and Spain on Friday joined Britain in opposing any boycott of the Beijing Olympics opening, while expressing concern at the situation in Tibet.
The German government underlined its opposition Friday to NATO opening the door to membership to former Soviet republics Ukraine and Georgia.
Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson ruffled feathers across the political spectrum this week by suggesting that Sweden’s child allowance payments be subject to means testing.
The Swedish Food Workers Union (Livs) has argued that the Sweden-based bid for the takeover of Vin & Sprit, owner of the vodka brand Absolut, is probably the worst alternative available.
The German energy group EON is to pay €11.8 billion for energy assets in France, Italy and Spain as part of a deal that ended its bid for the Spanish group Endesa, EON said on Friday.
Prominent Turkish-German politician Cem Özdemir said on Friday that the controversial anti-Islam film "Fitna" by Dutch politician Geert Wilders should not be censored.
Two men suspected of financing terrorist groups in Somalia were ordered to remain in custody by Stockholm District Court on Friday. Some 100 Somalis gathered outside the court to protest.
A new student literature website has emerged on the Swedish internet landscape. Student Bay could challenge academic publishing in the same way as Pirate Bay took on the music industry.
A 31-year-old man in Norrbotten in the north of Sweden has been charged with serious child porn offences. The man was found with thousands of pictures and films on his computer.
Cannabis is being grown in Germany in greater quantities than ever before, the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) announced on Friday.
A lovesick German swan has been returned to its longtime crush – a paddleboat – after being jilted by another bird.
Just when the onset of spring seemed inevitable, Sweden was hit by a fresh bout of snow last week. Rather than mourn the brevity of the season, however, Amanda Henke found an unusual way to enhance the experience of late winter. Armed with only a snow saw and a tarpaulin, she and her husband headed for the hills to build an igloo.
Christian Democratic member of parliament and chair of the Finance Committee Stefan Attefall has urged the government to stop charging interest for delayed tax payments on real estate sale profits.
Police are investigating the suspected rape of a young woman early Friday morning at the Spy Bar night club near Stureplan in central Stockholm.
The chairman of a key parliamentary committee has renewed his call for another attempt to ban Germany’s neo-Nazi NPD party, saying the case against the group had increased.
A 45-year-old man was arrested Thursday night suspected of murdering a 29-year-old woman in Eskilstuna in central Sweden.
German police have arrested a 34-year-old suspected ringleader of Turkey's banned Kurdish separatist rebel movement PKK, the federal prosecutor's office said on Thursday.
Hordes of foreign travellers hoping to enjoy a few cold German beers outdoors in the tourist hub of Heidelberg this summer could face fines as the city aims to limit public drinking.