Berlin job agency reports Santa deficit
Germany

Berlin job agency reports Santa deficit

German kids could be facing a barren Christmas this year due to a desperate shortage of Santas.

Vomiting bug traps pensioners on riverboat
Germany

Vomiting bug traps pensioners on riverboat

A cruise ship filled with mostly British pensioners was put under quarantine in Germany's Loreley Valley on Tuesday after an outbreak of a virus on board sent 16 to local hospitals.

Security high for visit of Rushdie and Saviano
Sweden

Security high for visit of Rushdie and Saviano

Swedish police have put additional security measures in place for the appearance on Tuesday evening at a seminar in Stockholm of two of the world's most endangered authors, Salman Rushdie and Roberto Saviano.

Poland threatens to sue German paper over Nazi reference
Germany

Poland threatens to sue German paper over Nazi reference

Poland threatened Tuesday to sue Germany's Die Welt newspaper for referring to the Nazi-run Majdanek camp as a "Polish concentration camp."

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Sweden

Vattenfall to power electric car tests

Swedish energy group Vatenfall is joining with German carmaker BMW to launch a pilot project in Berlin next year to test the feasibility of electric cars, the companies announced on Tuesday.

Britney Spears awarded German ‘Bambi’ award
Germany

Britney Spears awarded German ‘Bambi’ award

Singer Britney Spears will be honoured with a Bambi prize in Germany on Thursday for her comeback after a series of highly-publicised personal problems.

Condom ad banned by Gothenburg transit agency
Sweden

Condom ad banned by Gothenburg transit agency

Bus and tram passengers in Gothenburg have been spared riding in cars with an advertisement featuring two young men which asks, “Do you want to see us put on a condom?”

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Sweden

Education agency knocks college rankings

Sweden’s National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) has criticized the ranking of different universities and colleges, arguing the lists don’t help students pick the right school.

Finance minister admits Germany is in a recession
Germany

Finance minister admits Germany is in a recession

After saying in September that recession warnings were "completely irresponsible," German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück admitted in Berlin on Tuesday that Germany is in a recession.

Former economics minister turns his back on his party
Germany

Former economics minister turns his back on his party

Wolfgang Clement, former economics minister under Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, has left the Social Democratic Party after being accused of disloyalty and for what he says is the SPD's flirtation with the post-communist Left Party.

Retiree shoots rifle at snowball pranksters
Germany

Retiree shoots rifle at snowball pranksters

What would usually be a bit of innocent winter fun turned ugly over the weekend when an elderly man opened fire on two men with an air rifle after they threw snowballs at his apartment window in Werdohl, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish neo-Nazi party undergoes makeover

The National Socialist Front (NSF), one of the dominant groups within Sweden’s white-power movement, has disbanded and is re-launching itself as the Folkfronten (’People’s Front’) party.

‘Swedish car makers should come home’
Sweden

‘Swedish car makers should come home’

With Ford and GM, the respective owners of Volvo and Saab's car divisions, struggling for their survival, Sweden needs to regain the initiative and nationalize its auto industry, argues Rolf Wolff, dean of the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University.

Long sentences for gruesome cabin torture
Sweden

Long sentences for gruesome cabin torture

A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced the two primary suspects in a brutal torture case to several years in prison.

Man ignites own flat to see neighbours burn
Germany

Man ignites own flat to see neighbours burn

A 51-year-old Bonn man has gone on trial for starting a fire in his apartment that he hoped would kill his neighbours, Cologne daily Express reported on Tuesday.

Every German ‘could get €500 gift voucher’
Germany

Every German ‘could get €500 gift voucher’

The German government is considering giving the country's consumers €500 vouchers to stimulate the flagging economy, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

Video: Winterjam at Stockholm’s Olympic Stadium
Sweden

Video: Winterjam at Stockholm’s Olympic Stadium

For the third year running, Stockholm's Olympic Stadium hosted the LG Winterjam on Saturday. Two main events featured at the Winterjam, the LG Snowboard World Cup Big Air and the Peak Performance King of Style.

Orphan kangaroo Walter rejoins Ystad mob
Sweden

Orphan kangaroo Walter rejoins Ystad mob

Walter the motherless kangaroo has finally left the comfortable surroundings of a cloth pouch in a terraced house in Ystad and is almost ready to join the other marsupials at a zoo in the town in southern Sweden.

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Sweden

Skanska to cut 2,000 jobs in Sweden

Swedish construction giant Skanska announced on Tuesday it would be shedding 2,000 jobs in Sweden and an additional 1,400 around the Nordic region.

Report claims EU climate plan could cost 100,000 jobs
Germany

Report claims EU climate plan could cost 100,000 jobs

EU climate plan could cost more than 100,000 German jobs: report

German MPs want Iran group off terror list
Germany

German MPs want Iran group off terror list

German lawmakers have called on the government to support the removal of the exiled Iranian opposition group the People's Mujahadeen from the European Union's list of terror groups.

Bush ‘a great president’
Germany

Bush ‘a great president’

Outgoing US Ambassador to Germany William Timken has said he was successful at improving relations between the two countries during his time and rejected criticism of Bush’s presidency, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Continued delays at Stockholm airport
Sweden

Continued delays at Stockholm airport

Delays are expected to continue on Tuesday for flights in and out of Stockholm’s Arlanda airport.

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Sweden

Furor over racism in Swedish school book

Parents in Karlskoga in central Sweden are up in arms over what they see as racist and sexist passages in a book designed to help first graders learn how to read.