Merkel tries to snuff out criticism on economy
Germany

Merkel tries to snuff out criticism on economy

In a speech to rally her divided party 10 months before a general election, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit back Monday at charges she was sitting on her hands while faced with a crippling recession.

Berlin production brings theatre to youth offenders
Germany

Berlin production brings theatre to youth offenders

Can theatre be therapeutic? Ben Knight visits Kaspar H. – the latest prison production performed by inmates of the young offender’s detention centre in Berlin.

Parents in Sweden face fines for ‘nameless’ children
Sweden

Parents in Sweden face fines for ‘nameless’ children

Swedish authorities are cracking down on parents who take too long to name their newborn children.

Knut to leave Berlin
Germany

Knut to leave Berlin

Berlin will soon lose its star polar bear Knut, as zoo owners contemplate plans for his relocation, media reports said on Monday.

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Sweden

Ford mulls Volvo sale

Embattled auto company Ford announced on Monday that it is considering the sale of Volvo Cars.

Customs allows more duty-free items in Germany
Germany

Customs allows more duty-free items in Germany

As of December 1, anyone travelling outside of the European Union to do Christmas shopping will be able to bring more duty-free goods into Germany, the customs office announced on Monday.

More than 200 German tourists return from Thailand
Germany

More than 200 German tourists return from Thailand

More than 200 German tourists have arrived home after being trapped in Thailand for several days due to ongoing blockades by protestors at the Bangkok airport, travel agency Thomas Cook said on Monday.

Plastic surgeons get ‘Breast TÜV’ for quality control
Germany

Plastic surgeons get ‘Breast TÜV’ for quality control

German plastic surgeons can now apply for a seal of approval on their finished operations in a push to improve the quality of the industry, according to Munich daily tz on Monday.

Mother guilty of killing and freezing babies
Germany

Mother guilty of killing and freezing babies

A German mother was sentenced to more than four years in jail on Monday for killing two of her babies, whose bodies she stashed in the family freezer. She was not tried in connection with a third baby, also found in the freezer, who died over 20 years ago because the statute of limitations on the case had expired.

Camera hidden in women’s restroom ‘not a crime’
Sweden

Camera hidden in women’s restroom ‘not a crime’

A 41-year-old man on trial for secretly filming dozens of women in the restrooms of Stockholm-area cafés has been acquitted of sexual harassment charges.

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Sweden

Swedish layoffs reach historic highs

Nearly 20,000 layoffs were announced in Sweden in November, the highest number of redundancies the country has seen since November 1992.

Protect Saab from public sector ‘mediocrity’
Sweden

Protect Saab from public sector ‘mediocrity’

If Saab is to preserve its tradition of excellence it needs to remain in the private sector, argues Steven Wade following a recent flurry of calls to nationalize the Swedish car maker.

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Sweden

Swedish car sales plummet in November

New car registrations in Sweden suffered their worst decline in 15 years in November, dropping 36.4 percent compared to the same month a year ago, according to new figures released on Monday.

Ford and GM seek Swedish aid: report
Sweden

Ford and GM seek Swedish aid: report

Ford and General Motors (GM) have asked the Swedish government for financial assistance in an attempt to improve the finances of Volvo and Saab ahead of the anticipated sale of the two brands.

Steinmeier says West must engage Russia
Germany

Steinmeier says West must engage Russia

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday the West should seek to influence Russia through engagement rather than trying to contain or punish Moscow.

Swedish men’s condoms need more rubber: study
Sweden

Swedish men’s condoms need more rubber: study

Swedish men come second only to the French in a study of the state of European members, a new study has shown.

BayernLB to cut 5,600 jobs
Germany

BayernLB to cut 5,600 jobs

Bavaria’s regional state bank BayernLB is hoping to dig out of its financial troubles by laying off some 5,600 workers, a statement to employees said on Monday.

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Sweden

Girl feared kidnapped found safe in Finland

The 16-year-old girl from northern Sweden who was feared kidnapped has been found across the border in Finland.

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Sweden

Poll: Moderates gain as Left Party support drops

The Moderates are advancing, while the Left Party has dropped in popularity as a new poll shows that the gap between Sweden’s centre-right Alliance parties and the opposition has dwindled to only 3.1 percent.

University enrollment reaches all-time high
Germany

University enrollment reaches all-time high

The number of students headed to university has reached an all-time high, Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Monday.

Violence erupts at nationalist march
Sweden

Violence erupts at nationalist march

Police in Lund in southern Sweden faced paving stones, bottles, and torches flying through the air as they attempted to restore order following demonstrations on Sunday marking the death of King Karl XII.

East Germans reject palace reconstruction in Berlin
Germany

East Germans reject palace reconstruction in Berlin

The majority of Germans from the formerly communist eastern states are against the reconstruction of a Berlin palace destroyed by East German authorities after World War II, according to a poll released on Monday.

Berlin could cut Kosovo aid over spy arrests
Germany

Berlin could cut Kosovo aid over spy arrests

Germany had to press Kosovo to win the release of three of its nationals held in a probe of a bomb attack in Pristina and is now considering cutting aid, a source told news agency AFP on Sunday.