General Motors gears up for Saab sale
Sweden

General Motors gears up for Saab sale

Struggling US auto giant General Motors is to seek a buyer for Swedish subsidiary Saab, according to trade media reports in Detroit.

The incredible shrinking chancellor
Germany

The incredible shrinking chancellor

US President-elect Obama wants to jump-start America's economy, British Prime Minister Brown has slashed taxes and the French President Sarkozy is pushing for a massive EU stimulus package. So why is German Chancellor Merkel sitting on the sidelines?

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Sweden

Politician quits over refugee threats

A politician in southern Sweden is leaving his post on a local council after receiving numerous threats for suggesting that the municipality accept three unaccompanied child refugees.

Sweden may get Knut
Germany

Sweden may get Knut

Celebrity polar bear Knut, the pride of Berlin Zoo, may be on his way to Sweden. Orsa Bear Park in central Sweden confirmed on Tuesday that it has been in negotiations for the last year to attract the cuddly ursine as the poster boy for its new polar bear project.

Swedish park offers new home to superstar German polar bear
Sweden

Swedish park offers new home to superstar German polar bear

Celebrity polar bear Knut, the pride of Berlin Zoo, may be on his way to Sweden.

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Germany

Carmakers slam EU CO2 emission compromise

The German automobile federation VDA slammed on Tuesday an EU compromise on rules to cut CO2 emissions from new cars, saying it ignored the sector's current crisis.

CDU wants German as official language
Germany

CDU wants German as official language

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) have voted in favour of designating German the country’s official language in the constitution at their annual party congress on Tuesday.

Ten ways to save money in Sweden
Sweden

Ten ways to save money in Sweden

From cheap dates with movie stars to the latest free music service, Thanh Dinh has some great tips for biting back at the credit crunch.

Sporty Swedish teens pose for charity calender
Sweden

Sporty Swedish teens pose for charity calender

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Court rules prison inmates have right to silky smooth skin
Germany

Court rules prison inmates have right to silky smooth skin

Even hardened criminals have a right to aftershave and hand cream, Germany's highest court said in Berlin on Tuesday, approving the appeal of a male inmate against gender discrimination.

Germany named Europe’s top migrant destination
Germany

Germany named Europe’s top migrant destination

Germany has been named Europe’s principal country of destination for migrants, according to the World Migration Report (WMR) 2008 released on Tuesday.

Bavarian trolls exiled from Christmas market festivities
Germany

Bavarian trolls exiled from Christmas market festivities

The mayor of Wolfratshausen plans to do away with a 400-year-old Alpine Christmas tradition because it is too scary for children, German daily tz reported on Tuesday.

Wild boars cause motorway pileup
Germany

Wild boars cause motorway pileup

A herd of wild boars caused a massive car pile-up on the B26 motorway in Hesse on Tuesday morning, police in Darmstadt reported.

Opposition urges state car industry takeover
Sweden

Opposition urges state car industry takeover

Leading government ministers have ruled out the possibility of a state takeover of Volvo Cars should embattled US owner Ford elect to sell its Swedish subsidiary, Dagens Nyheter reports.

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Sweden

Police clear suspicious parcel from US Embassy

Police bomb disposal experts have safely removed a suspicious package from the grounds of the US Embassy in Stockholm.

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Sweden

Borg slams EU over bank aid reviews

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg openly called European Commission "bureaucratic” on Tuesday, saying the EU body’s approach to assessing state bailouts of troubled banks hasn’t helped frozen credit markets.

Jumbo jet hostel prepares for take off
Sweden

Jumbo jet hostel prepares for take off

Travellers passing through Stockholm's Arlanda airport will soon be able to reserve a place on a different sort of plane as the world’s first jumbo jet hostel prepares to take its maiden bookings this Wednesday.

Germany blasts EU over bank bailouts
Germany

Germany blasts EU over bank bailouts

German and Swedish finance ministers blasted the European Commission on Tuesday for being too "bureaucratic" in assessing whether state bailouts of troubled banks are in line with EU rules.

Fuglesang blasts Sweden space commitment
Sweden

Fuglesang blasts Sweden space commitment

Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang has lashed out at his country for what he sees as an insufficient budget commitment for space research and exploration.

Bundeswehr losing too many doctors
Germany

Bundeswehr losing too many doctors

The German military is losing its medical staff in droves, according to Munich daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Tuesday.

Engine fire forces Baltic ferry evacuation
Sweden

Engine fire forces Baltic ferry evacuation

Eleven passengers were evacuated from the Sea Wind ferry early on Tuesday morning after a fire broke out in the boat’s main engine as it sailed near the Åland islands in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

Michael Ballack named world’s 19th best footballer
Germany

Michael Ballack named world’s 19th best footballer

Germany captain Michael Ballack from Chelsea FC took the 19th spot on the list of best footballers by French football magazine “France Football” for 2008 on Tuesday.

Elderly driver destroys parking garage
Germany

Elderly driver destroys parking garage

A seven-metre wall fell from the fourth floor of an Esslingen parking garage on Monday night after an elderly driver rammed into it, police reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Police shoot pensioner on Gotland

Police on Monday evening shot an elderly man suspected in the earlier shooting of a 48-year-old man in a house north of Visby on the island of Gotland.