Starchitect Libeskind to build synagogue in Munich
Germany

Starchitect Libeskind to build synagogue in Munich

New York-based star architect Daniel Libeskind has announced he will design a new synagogue in Munich for the city’s liberal Jewish community in 2018.

German students ditch school in nationwide strike
Germany

German students ditch school in nationwide strike

Tens of thousands of secondary school pupils staged demonstations across Germany on Wednesday to protest against class sizes, long hours, too much pressure and the country's multi-tier education system.

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Sweden

Sweden approves new labour immigration law

Sweden's parliament has pushed through legislation that will make it easier for non-EU citizens to come to the country to work.

Neo-Nazis brawl in Saxon parliament
Germany

Neo-Nazis brawl in Saxon parliament

A punch-up between two far-right politicians from the neo-Nazi NPD party broke out in the regional parliament of Saxony in eastern Germany, a party spokesman said on Wednesday.

What are your survival tips for the Swedish winter?
Sweden

What are your survival tips for the Swedish winter?

Every week a panel of readers will give their views on the state of play in Sweden. This week: woolly undies and trips to Spain are among the suggestions for getting through the winter.

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Sweden

Lufthansa ditches SAS takeover plans: report

German airline Lufthansa has backed out of discussions on the possible takeover of struggling Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

German economy seen grinding to halt in 2009
Germany

German economy seen grinding to halt in 2009

A blue-ribbon panel of experts said on Wednesday German economic growth would grind to a halt in 2009 and blasted Berlin's plans to shore up Europe's biggest economy as a mere fig leaf.

Three-star German chefs reshuffled in Michelin Guide
Germany

Three-star German chefs reshuffled in Michelin Guide

The world-renowned “Michelin Guide” for restaurants has awarded its highest ranking to Wolfsburg chef Sven Elverfeld, replacing former three-star cook Heinz Winkler in the top-tier of German chefs.

Ryanair mulls flights from Sweden to US
Sweden

Ryanair mulls flights from Sweden to US

A planned new transatlantic venture from budget airline Ryanair may see flights departing from Sweden to the United States within the next few years.

IG Metall wage deal averts massive strike
Germany

IG Metall wage deal averts massive strike

The German metal and electronics industries averted a potentially crippling strike after agreeing to a new wage deal with trade union IG Metall on Wednesday.

Doctor heals leukemia patient of AIDS
Germany

Doctor heals leukemia patient of AIDS

A Berlin doctor has reportedly cured a leukemia patient of the deadly AIDS virus, German daily Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

US teacher in trouble over comments in Swedish film
Sweden

US teacher in trouble over comments in Swedish film

A Swedish television documentary has landed a North Carolina school teacher in hot water for politically-biased comments she made to her students.

Duisburg mafia killers on trial in Italy
Germany

Duisburg mafia killers on trial in Italy

Fourteen people went on trial Wednesday in southern Italy for crimes relating to a bloody vendetta between two clans of the 'Ndrangheta mafia that led to a massacre last year in Duisburg, Germany.

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Sweden

Prison sentences for people smugglers

Two men at the heart of a massive people smuggling operation were each sentenced to three years in prison by a Swedish court on Wednesday.

Customers fed up with lousy German internet providers
Germany

Customers fed up with lousy German internet providers

German high speed internet customers are deeply unhappy with their service providers according to an online survey by a consumer protection association.

Sweden suffers most shoplifting in the Nordic region
Sweden

Sweden suffers most shoplifting in the Nordic region

Swedish shoplifters have stolen more than their Nordic counterparts for the second year in a row, a new study has shown.

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Sweden

Pro-Israel employee wins suit against Migration Board

A court has ruled that Sweden’s Migration Board broke employment protection laws when it demoted an employee who maintained a pro-Israeli blog.

Deutsche Bahn forbids ejecting minors from trains
Germany

Deutsche Bahn forbids ejecting minors from trains

Germany's national railway operator Deutsche Bahn has ordered its personnel to refrain from ejecting children from trains if they don't have a proper ticket, following a spate of incidents that have outraged the public in recent weeks.

Stockholm art installation wins international award
Sweden

Stockholm art installation wins international award

With the Swedish winter in full swing, an interactive installation is shedding some light on the darkness – as well as on Stockholmers' state of mind.

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Germany

Ford asks German government for help

The US automaker Ford has asked the German government for aid, but Berlin is divided on the question of how to help the country's key industry, the Süddeutsche Zeiting reported on Wednesday.

German troops in Afghanistan drink copious amounts of booze
Germany

German troops in Afghanistan drink copious amounts of booze

German Bundeswehr soldiers in Afghanistan have recieved deliveries of more than one million litres of alcoholic beverages in the last year, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

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Germany

Hypo Real Estate posts €3.1 billion Q3 loss

German property lender Hypo Real Estate (HRE) posted on Wednesday a third-quarter net loss of €3.1 billion ($3.89 billion) and said it expected more bad news by the end of the year.

Migration Board to blacklist ineffectual asylum lawyers
Sweden

Migration Board to blacklist ineffectual asylum lawyers

The Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has begun blacklisting attorneys the agency deems unfit for handling the cases of asylum seekers in Sweden.

German WWII dead to be buried in Czech cemetery
Germany

German WWII dead to be buried in Czech cemetery

A German association has said it will start burying the remains of 5,500 German soldiers and civilians killed during World War II in a Czech cemetery on Wednesday.

Germany wants warning labels for pregnant women on beer
Germany

Germany wants warning labels for pregnant women on beer

German Drug Commissioner Sabine Bätzing has said she wants to get warning labels for pregnant women on beer bottles within the current legislative period, daily Rheinische Post reported on Wednesday.

Slump continues for Swedish housing prices
Sweden

Slump continues for Swedish housing prices

Apartment prices in Sweden took a steep dive in October, with prices for houses also experiencing a downward trend.

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Sweden

Sweden assists Montenegro with napalm disposal

Sweden is helping Montenegro dispose of 26 tonnes of napalm that was stored at a military facility in the Bay of Kotor, a popular tourist destination on its Adriatic coast.