Shares up as Allianz nears Dresdner deal
Germany

Shares up as Allianz nears Dresdner deal

Shares of both insurer Allianz and lender Commerzbank got a boost Monday amid widening reports the latter is about to relieve the former of its cumbersome Dresdner Bank division.

Merkel: Moscow shouldn’t allow Georgia’s breakaway regions
Germany

Merkel: Moscow shouldn’t allow Georgia’s breakaway regions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia's president to reject a parliament resolution in Moscow to recognize the independence of two Georgian breakaway regions.

Gas leak injures 25 at Wülfrath lacquer factory
Germany

Gas leak injures 25 at Wülfrath lacquer factory

A gas leak at a chemical plant in western Germany Monday exposed 25 people to a noxious substance, just days after more than 100 people suffered gas poisoning in a lacquer factory leak in the region.

Extras cruising for compensation from Valkyrie star Tom Cruise
Germany

Extras cruising for compensation from Valkyrie star Tom Cruise

Twelve extras injured during the filming of WWII drama Valkyrie are now suing the movie’s studio and its star, seeking €7.4 million in damages after tumbling out of a truck in front of Germany’s Nazi-era finance ministry building in Berlin.

Reinfeldt and Merkel talk tough on Georgia
Sweden

Reinfeldt and Merkel talk tough on Georgia

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Stockholm on Monday. Russia's actions in Georgia, the Baltic Sea Initiative, and energy and climate issues were high on the agenda.

Housework straining German housewives
Germany

Housework straining German housewives

German fathers wish they had more time to spend with their offspring while a majority of German mothers feel strained by their portion of household chores, according to an annual study by German vacuum maker Vorwerk released on Monday.

Northern Germany for a penny – a Brit’s credit crunch Weeze
Germany

Northern Germany for a penny – a Brit’s credit crunch Weeze

Brit Nat Bocking had never heard of the northern German town of Weeze, but when he found Ryanair flights for a penny, he saw a chance to take his family on a magical mystery tour.

Death in the forest
Sweden

Death in the forest

Mortal sins of fashion abound as David Bartal takes a trip to a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the suburbs of Stockholm.

Germany’s Lufthansa wants Austria’s AuA
Germany

Germany’s Lufthansa wants Austria’s AuA

Deutsche Lufthansa is looking to soon own the trinity of flag-carrying airlines in German-speaking Europe with a much-prophesied offer for Vienna-based Austrian Airlines.

Failed asylum seekers going underground
Sweden

Failed asylum seekers going underground

More unsuccessful asylum seekers are going into hiding in Sweden, new figures from the Migration Board show. The trend is attributed to tighter rules permitting authorities to send back more refugees from war-torn countries.

Hanna Bäcklund murderer to serve life
Sweden

Hanna Bäcklund murderer to serve life

A 31-year-old Thai man, Akkaradej 'Chon' Tankae, was sentenced on Monday to life imprisonment for the brutal murder of Swedish tourist Hanna Bäcklund on a beach in Phuket, Thailand in March.

Dutch declare interest in JAS Gripen
Sweden

Dutch declare interest in JAS Gripen

The Netherlands government has declared an interest in buying 85 JAS Gripen fighter aircraft from Saab to replace its ageing fleet of F16s.

Nike Wagner bids in battle to head Bayreuth opera festival
Germany

Nike Wagner bids in battle to head Bayreuth opera festival

Belgian opera impresario Gerard Mortier is teaming up with Nike Wagner, great-granddaughter of composer Richard Wagner, in a bid to run the legendary Bayreuth Festival, a report said Monday.

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Sweden

SBAB forecasts interest rate cut

Swedish state-owned mortgage lender, SBAB, has given hope to hard-hit homeowners by forecasting an interest rate cut in December.

Millions of unmarried Germans living in sin
Germany

Millions of unmarried Germans living in sin

The number of cohabitating Germans has risen significantly according to a study released by the National Statistical Office (Destatis) on Monday.

Swedish footballer rejects Ronaldinho proposal
Sweden

Swedish footballer rejects Ronaldinho proposal

Swedish Olympic footballer Johanna Almgren rejected a marriage proposal from Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho when they met at a hotel in China.

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Sweden

Animal rights activists sabotage infectious disease centre

A group of 50 animal rights activists forced a gate at the entrance to the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control(SMI) in Stockholm on Monday morning. Institute staff were able to prevent the activists from entering the main buildings.

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Sweden

‘Escaped murderer planned getaway’

A 34-year-old convicted murderer who escaped from a psychiatric clinic in central Sweden on Sunday is believed to have bought a car a couple of days ago.

Energy giant RWE rejects Seehofer’s cost-reduction plan
Germany

Energy giant RWE rejects Seehofer’s cost-reduction plan

Germany’s largest electricity provider RWE has rejected a plan by consumer protection minister Horst Seehofer to reduce energy costs.

China releases Tibetan-German protestor after Olympics
Germany

China releases Tibetan-German protestor after Olympics

A Tibetan-German activist has been returned to Germany on Monday after his arrest in China during the Olympic games.

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Sweden

Escaped murderer sparks nationwide alert

Police are describing as "dangerous" a 34-year-old man who escaped on Sunday from a psychiatric clinic in central Sweden.

Merkel rejects talk of new Cold War with Russia
Germany

Merkel rejects talk of new Cold War with Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that relations with Russia are not returning to a Cold War freeze, according to an interview with ZDF public television.

Swedish taekwondo ref kicked in the head
Sweden

Swedish taekwondo ref kicked in the head

The sport of taekwondo's Olympic future is in doubt after a Swedish referee was kicked in the head on Saturday by a disqualified competitor.

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Sweden

Bomb threat ‘not gang-related’

A bomb threat in Gothenburg on Sunday is not believed to be connected to an ongoing gang war in the city, police say.