US star Donovan joins Bayern Munich on loan
Germany

US star Donovan joins Bayern Munich on loan

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan has signed a short-term contract Thursday on loan to German giants Bayern Munich after impressing coach Jürgen Klinsmann on his 10-day trial.

Saab loses Norway fighter plane tender
Sweden

Saab loses Norway fighter plane tender

Saab was dealt a serious blow on Thursday as the Norwegian government announced its decision to purchase US-made Joint Strike Fighter/F-35 planes rather than Sweden's JAS Gripen.

Germans are the most pessimistic Europeans
Germany

Germans are the most pessimistic Europeans

Germans are more pessimistic about the future than other Europeans, new information from the 25th annual Data Report from the Social Science Research Centre revealed this week.

Swedish magazine staff get cosmetic surgery for article
Sweden

Swedish magazine staff get cosmetic surgery for article

The editorial staff of a Swedish magazine for gay men recently raised eyebrows—literally—when they took the unusual step of going under the knife for an article about cosmetic surgery.

German Airbus plants hit by wildcat strike
Germany

German Airbus plants hit by wildcat strike

Staff at three Airbus plants in Germany staged wildcat strikes Thursday over plans by the European jet maker to spin off the factories into a new subsidiary, a company spokesman said.

Toy safety tests reveal troubling shortcomings
Germany

Toy safety tests reveal troubling shortcomings

Just in time for the Christmas shopping season, German consumer magazine ÖKO-TEST has tested childrens toys for their December issue – finding alarming quality defects.

Web test helps people interested in becoming Swedish
Sweden

Web test helps people interested in becoming Swedish

The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has added a new feature to its website that allows people to determine whether or not they qualify for Swedish citizenship.

Germany pressured to ignite economy
Germany

Germany pressured to ignite economy

Pressure piled on Germany on Thursday to do more to fire up the planet's third biggest economy but Berlin said that throwing money at a global slowdown is both ineffective and reckless.

Berlin cops want parents to pay for drunk teen transport
Germany

Berlin cops want parents to pay for drunk teen transport

Emergency transportation for dangerously drunk teenagers cost Berlin taxpayers some €100,000 in the last year, but now police want to start charging parents instead, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Thursday.

Sweden may change bank loan guarantees
Sweden

Sweden may change bank loan guarantees

The government said on Thursday it is open to altering Sweden’s new bank lending guarantees in order to get more of the country's biggest banks to participate.

What’s on in Sweden: November 21 – 27
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: November 21 – 27

What's on in Sweden: November 21st – 27th. International Film Festival & Mali Bluesman in Stockholm; the search for Lucia & Lambchop in Gothenburg; Jose Carrerras in Malmö

Cologne Cathedral named Germany’s top tourist site
Germany

Cologne Cathedral named Germany’s top tourist site

The Cologne Cathedral is the most beloved tourist attraction in Germany, according to a new poll published by the German Tourism Association (DTV) on Thursday.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Johan Heltne, MGMT and Miriam Aida: Just some of the goodies on offer in Sweden’s three largest cities this weekend.

Family minister aims to block child porn sites
Germany

Family minister aims to block child porn sites

German Minister for Family Affairs Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday she wants a law that allows authorities to block access to internet sites featuring child pornography.

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Sweden

Nurse reported over penis size slur

A Swedish nurse has been reported to the authorities after telling a room full of people that one of the guests at his party "had the smallest penis he had ever seen".

Appeals court reverses Rödeby judgement
Sweden

Appeals court reverses Rödeby judgement

A Swedish court of appeal has reversed a lower court decision and ruled that a 51-year-old father from Rödeby in southern Sweden is guilty of manslaughter and serious assault related to the shooting of two teenage boys in October 2007.

‘Every Swede has a cousin in America’
Sweden

‘Every Swede has a cousin in America’

Sweden has deep historic ties with the United states, writes Olle Wästberg, director-general of the Swedish Institute. And even though some Americans mistakenly associate Sweden with the cuckoo clock, the relationship remains largely one of mutual understanding and respect.

Fire chaos at Berlin’s Tegel airport
Germany

Fire chaos at Berlin’s Tegel airport

A fire at an empty warehouse near Berlin’s Tegel airport on Thursday morning caused chaos with air traffic, forcing authorities to divert flights due to large clouds of smoke that made landing difficult.

What’s on in Germany: November 20-26
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 20-26

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Sweden

Sweden to participate in joint Nordic loan to Iceland

Sweden has joined with Denmark, Finland, and Norway to provide a joint loan to troubled Iceland worth $2.5 billion to help the troubled Nordic country cope with its acute economic crisis.

Sandvik to cut over 1,000 Swedish jobs
Sweden

Sandvik to cut over 1,000 Swedish jobs

The Sandvik engineering group announced on Thursday it would be laying off more than 1,000 employees in Sweden.

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Sweden

More foreign students choose Swedish universities

The number of foreign students studying at Swedish colleges and universities continues to climb to record levels.

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Germany

German producer prices up from last year

German producer prices gained 7.8 percent in October from the same month a year earlier but were unchanged from September, data released on Thursday by the national statistics office showed.

Steinmeier wants Germany to fight pirates
Germany

Steinmeier wants Germany to fight pirates

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday he wants German military forces to take part in an EU mission to combat a growing number of pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia.

Sweden falls to the Netherlands in football friendly
Sweden

Sweden falls to the Netherlands in football friendly

Despite an impressive goal by Kim Kallström, visiting Sweden succumbed to the Netherlands 3-1 in a friendly football match on Wednesday night.

Schäuble says immigrant students need more help
Germany

Schäuble says immigrant students need more help

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Thursday called attention to a performance gap between German students and immigrant students after the results of a standardized scholastic assessment were released this week.

Rwandans protest Germany after war crimes extradition
Germany

Rwandans protest Germany after war crimes extradition

Protesters have converged on German embassy and media outlet Deutsche Welle buildings in Rwanda after the country extradited the Rose Kabuye to France for legal proceedings in a war crimes case.

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Sweden

Man murdered in Umeå

Police in Umeå in northern Sweden are investigating the death of a 29-year-old man who was found badly beaten in an apartment and later died in hospital.