Two arrested after Rüsselsheim shooting
Germany

Two arrested after Rüsselsheim shooting

Two men were in custody on Wednesday after a gun and knife fight between two groups of Turks at an ice cream parlour in Rüsselsheim near Frankfurt am Main left three people dead including an innocent bystander.

Leipzig University to reinstall Marx monument
Germany

Leipzig University to reinstall Marx monument

The University of Leipzig in the eastern German state of Saxony has decided to reinstall a controversial monument to socialist philosopher Karl Marx after months of rancorous debate.

Georgia crisis ‘should prompt Swedish military rethink’
Sweden

Georgia crisis ‘should prompt Swedish military rethink’

The current crisis in Georgia provides a timely reminder of Sweden's need to more effectively defend its borders and offshore territories, particularly the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, writes security expert Bo Pellnäs.

Swedes ditch cars as petrol prices remain high
Sweden

Swedes ditch cars as petrol prices remain high

Expensive petrol prices are causing Swedes to leave their cars at home.

Energy giant EON earns €3 billion in first half of 2008
Germany

Energy giant EON earns €3 billion in first half of 2008

German utilities giant EON made a profit of more than three billion euros in the first six months of the year, it said on Wednesday, as it reaped the benefit of higher electricity prices.

Sweden sees birth of first male baby elephant
Sweden

Sweden sees birth of first male baby elephant

A male baby elephant was born on Monday at Borås Zoo in western Sweden, the first male elephant ever born in the country.

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Sweden

Arboga murder weapon: witnesses testify

The trial of the German murder suspect accused of killing two toddlers in Arboga, central Sweden continued on Wednesday, with witnesses testifying about a hammer that is the suspected murder weapon.

Merkel to rap Medvedev over Georgia
Germany

Merkel to rap Medvedev over Georgia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to have stern words with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev over the conflict with Georgia when she meets him on Friday in the Black Sea city of Sochi.

Sweden eases name restrictions
Sweden

Sweden eases name restrictions

Swedish authorities are to relax restrictions preventing adults from taking "inappropriate" names.

NATO and the EU must learn from Caucasus crisis
Germany

NATO and the EU must learn from Caucasus crisis

The conflict between Georgia and Russia was a foreseeable one that should encourage NATO members to redefine the transatlantic alliance, argues Thomas Kunze from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Axel Springer eyes new buys on increased profits
Germany

Axel Springer eyes new buys on increased profits

The Axel Springer group, the biggest newspaper publisher in Europe, reported a six-fold rise in first-half net profit on Wednesday in a strong second-quarter performance.

German phone sex addict busted for €7,000 hotel bill
Germany

German phone sex addict busted for €7,000 hotel bill

Police in the German state of Lower Saxony said on Wednesday they had arrested a man who racked up more than €7,000 in phone sex bills while staying at a hotel in Göttingen.

More Germans getting dual citizenship abroad
Germany

More Germans getting dual citizenship abroad

Increasing numbers of Germans living abroad are taking up the chance to get a second citizenship, a procedure which is still difficult for foreigners living in Germany.

Two arrested after Rüsselsheim shooting
Germany

Two arrested after Rüsselsheim shooting

Two men have been arrested after three people were shot dead and another seriously wounded in a shooting in an ice cream parlour in the centre of Rüsselsheim near Frankfurt am Main.

Olympic silver for Swedish cyclist
Sweden

Olympic silver for Swedish cyclist

Gustav Larsson of Sweden has finished second in the Olympic men's road cycling time trial, winning a silver medal.

Swedish surveillance law ‘breaks EU rules’
Sweden

Swedish surveillance law ‘breaks EU rules’

A lawyer at the European University Institute in Florence has reported Sweden's new surveillance law to the European Commission.

House prices rise as cost of apartments falls
Sweden

House prices rise as cost of apartments falls

Apartment prices are continuing to fall in Sweden, but houses are bucking the downward trend.

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Sweden

Debts lead to more property repossessions

The number of apartments repossessed and sold at auction by Sweden's official bailiffs has doubled in the past year. But the Swedish Enforcement Agency (Kronofogden) says the increase in foreclosures is due more to changes in the law than to a downturn in the economy.

Tornado rips through centre of Gießen
Germany

Tornado rips through centre of Gießen

A small tornado tore through the centre of Gießen in the German state of Hesse on Tuesday evening, causing considerable damage but no injuries.

SAS ‘to cut wages’ as airline industry suffers
Sweden

SAS ‘to cut wages’ as airline industry suffers

Scandinavian airline SAS is set to slash employees wages in an attempt to stem losses, according to Danish reports. An SAS spokeswoman has denied the rumours.

Princess Lilian breaks hip in fall
Sweden

Princess Lilian breaks hip in fall

Princess Lilian, the British-born aunt of Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, has been taken to hospital after falling and breaking her hip.

New study raises estimate of German border deaths
Germany

New study raises estimate of German border deaths

More than 1,300 people died at the border separating the two Germanies between 1945 and 1989, according to a new study published on the eve of the 47th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall.