Dalai Lama addresses 25,000 in Berlin
Germany

Dalai Lama addresses 25,000 in Berlin

The Dalai Lama called for dialogue as a means to end violence Monday as he wrapped up a visit to Germany that has stirred fresh tension with China.

Vodafone to pay €474 million for rest of Arcor
Germany

Vodafone to pay €474 million for rest of Arcor

British mobile phone giant Vodafone said on Monday it had agreed to buy the 26.4-percent interest in German fixed-line unit Arcor it does not own from Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Bank for €474 million ($737 million) in cash.

Raising a glass to Teutonic hospitality
Germany

Raising a glass to Teutonic hospitality

In his book Cycling Back to Happiness, English journalist Bernie Friend covers 6,000 kilometres of northern Europe on a bicycle in a bid to overcome his hypochondria. His first impressions of Germany weren’t too positive, but Wilhelmshaven couple Horst and Ursula give him a taste of real German hospitality.

Nathalie, 20, feared murdered
Sweden

Nathalie, 20, feared murdered

Police have taken a man in for questioning in connection with the suspected murder of 20-year-old Nathalie Johansen, who has been missing from her home in Alingsås in western Sweden since Thursday.

Driver naps while drunk passenger steers on Autobahn
Germany

Driver naps while drunk passenger steers on Autobahn

Drive-time became sleepy-time for one Frenchman on Germany's Autobahn until an off-duty police officer caught him napping while his inebriated passenger steered the car, police said on Monday.

US Embassy returns to historic Berlin site
Germany

US Embassy returns to historic Berlin site

The new US Embassy in Berlin will next week open its doors on the same site the mission occupied before World War II, Ambassador William R. Timken said on Monday.

Worlds apart: The Danish – Swedish culture clash
Sweden

Worlds apart: The Danish – Swedish culture clash

Even if only a 16 kilometre bridge separates Sweden from its ”more Continental” neighbours, the Danes, the distance between the two cultures far surpasses their physical proximity, argues Alannah Eames.

Bundesbank expects only modest German growth
Germany

Bundesbank expects only modest German growth

The Bundesbank said on Monday it expected only modest growth for Germany in the coming months following the scorching rate of expansion the world’s third-largest economy notched in the first quarter of 2008.

Soviet ‘sub’ was Swedish charter boat
Sweden

Soviet ‘sub’ was Swedish charter boat

The sound recorded in 1982 in the waters of Hårsfjärden in the Stockholm archipelago has turned out not to be from a threatening Soviet submarine but rather from Amalia, a charter boat which happened to be nearby at the time of the operation.

Dalai Lama meeting stirs storm in Berlin and Beijing
Germany

Dalai Lama meeting stirs storm in Berlin and Beijing

German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul held talks with the Dalai Lama on Monday in a meeting that riled leaders in Berlin as well as Beijing.

Swedes surf away more of the work day
Sweden

Swedes surf away more of the work day

The personal web-surfing habits of Swedish workers are costing companies more and more money.

Suspect in Hamburg ‘honour killing’ had assault record
Germany

Suspect in Hamburg ‘honour killing’ had assault record

A 23-year-old Hamburg man suspected of stabbing his sister to death in an honour killing last week had already been prosecuted for assaulting her and others, prosecutors confirmed on Monday.

Spitfire takes flight in southern Sweden
Sweden

Spitfire takes flight in southern Sweden

Boyhood dreams of the wild animal from England have become a reality for pilot Bertil Gerhardt after taking a spin in the skies over Skåne in Sweden’s only Spitfire aircraft.

Federer pins hopes on Nadal fatigue after Hamburg loss
Germany

Federer pins hopes on Nadal fatigue after Hamburg loss

Roger Federer expects Rafael Nadal to wilt under the physical burden of defending his French Open title when the world's top two players continue their rivalry at Roland Garros next week.

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Sweden

Nazis assault feminist festival-goers

At least seven people attending a festival promoting feminism were assaulted on Sunday evening by a group of neo-Nazis in a small Swedish village.

Moving beyond Bush
Germany

Moving beyond Bush

Germany and Europe certainly won’t be sad to see US President Bush leave next year, but Obama, McCain or maybe even Clinton will still have their work cut out for them, writes Steve Kettmann.

Armed robbers hit two banks in western Sweden
Sweden

Armed robbers hit two banks in western Sweden

Two banks were robbed on Monday morning in Charlottenberg, in northern Värmland, not far from the Norwegian border.

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Sweden

Police investigate sex slave claims

Police in Örebro are investigating a woman’s claims of being held imprisoned for several years during which time she was sold as a sex slave.

Aftonbladet ditches free paper
Sweden

Aftonbladet ditches free paper

Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet has decided to ditch its free sister paper Punkt SE.

Zlatan on the double as Inter clinch title
Sweden

Zlatan on the double as Inter clinch title

Inter Milan won their third straight Italian Serie A title with a 2-0 victory at Parma on Sunday.

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Sweden

Prosecutors ask government for emergency funding

Sweden’s Prosecutor-General has gone straight to the government with a request for 59 million kronor ($9.8 million) to help with the Prosecution Authority’s financial crisis.

Aussies slump to German field hockey squad
Germany

Aussies slump to German field hockey squad

Australia slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Germany while the Netherlands saw off China 3-1 on the second day of the women's Champions Trophy field hockey tournament in Germany on Sunday.

SPD calls for higher taxes on the rich
Germany

SPD calls for higher taxes on the rich

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) is calling for higher taxes on the rich in light of a widening income gap between the country’s wealthiest and poorest residents.

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Germany

Merkel pays official visit to Mexico

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will conclude a weeklong trip to Latin America, her first state visit, with talks with Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Monday.

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Sweden

Swede held in Colombia thought to still be alive

The family of a 69-year-old Swedish man being held captive in Colombia has received a letter they claim confirms their father is still alive.

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Sweden

20-year-old woman reported missing

Police are looking for a 20-year-old woman from Alingsås in western Sweden who has been missing since Thursday.