German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned in an interview released Saturday that 2009 could be “a year of bad news” for the economy but that government action had stabilised the financial markets.
One of the two men accused of the radioactive poisoning murder of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko would go to London to talk to prosecutors – but is scared of being turned over to German detectives investigating a Hamburg connection.
Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit has persuaded MTV to hold its 2009 Europe Music Awards show in Berlin, according to a report in Saturday’s Tagesspiegel newspaper.
Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates is in Gothenburg this weekend to attend the wedding of billionaire Charles Simonyi and Swedish socialite Lisa Persdotter.
Diplomatic relations between Germany and the new state of Kosovo have been put under strain by the arrest of three German secret service agents near the site of a bomb attack on the European Union representative office in the capital Pristina.
The Social Democrats continue to lose voter support, a new opinion poll from Novus has shown. Support for the party has declined by 3.6 percentage points in a month to 37.2 percent.
The winter weather claimed several lives across Germany at the start of the weekend, with road accidents in icy conditions.
Swedish golf superstar Annika Sörenstam missed the cut in her final event in Florida on Friday, ending a 15-year glorious career on the American ladies golf tour.
HSH Nordbank announced it had obtained up to €30 billion ($38.5 billion) in loan guarantees from the German government as part of a national rescue plan for the banking sector.
Lars G Nordström, President and CEO of the Swedish post office (Posten), has announced that he will forgo his salary.
The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has established a new guiding principle in an asylum case involving a woman from DR Congo. The Board approved the woman's application for permanent residency despite lacking the normal grounds required for protection.