Munich prison to become luxury hotel run by at-risk teens
Germany

Munich prison to become luxury hotel run by at-risk teens

A social project is converting a women’s prison in Munich into a luxury hotel where at-risk youths can gain vocational training.

Are Swedish taxes too high?
Sweden

Are Swedish taxes too high?

Every week we ask a group of readers for their views on a particular aspect of life in Sweden. This week, we wonder whether Swedish taxes rock the panelists’ cradle or have them wishing for an early grave.

German drunk driver dodges suspension with Polish license
Germany

German drunk driver dodges suspension with Polish license

A German who lost his driver’s licence for drunk driving has successfully worked the system by crossing the border to get a Polish licence instead. According to a court on Wednesday, it is also valid in Germany.

Stasi widow loses fight for bigger pension
Germany

Stasi widow loses fight for bigger pension

A Berlin court on Wednesday rejected a case of a widow of former officer for the Stasi, the dreaded secret police of communist East Germany, who wanted better pension benefits.

Berlin pushes revamped anti-terror law
Germany

Berlin pushes revamped anti-terror law

The German government on Wednesday called for an arbitration committee to review a last-minute compromise for a disputed law that gives new powers the Federal Criminal Police (BKA) in the fight against terrorism.

OECD backs Sweden to survive crisis
Sweden

OECD backs Sweden to survive crisis

Sweden is well placed to ride out the global economic crisis despite risks of exposure to the overseas financial sector, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday.

‘Saab has potential buyers’: CEO
Sweden

‘Saab has potential buyers’: CEO

Saab's chief executive has said there are a number of companies interested in buying the Swedish car maker after owner General Motors announced it was up for sale.

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Sweden

Scania halts European production for a month

Swedish truck maker Scania announced on Wednesday it was closing down production across Europe for one month because of weaker demand.

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Germany

Car sales plunge in November

German new-car registrations plunged by 18 percent in November and will fall further next year, the VDA auto manufacturer’s federation said on Wednesday, bringing bad news from a key sector to an economy already in recession.

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Sweden

Nathalie’s killer sentenced to nine years in prison

The 21-year-old ex-boyfriend of Nathalie Johansen, whose body was found buried near a farm in late September, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for killing the 20-year-old woman.

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Germany

Infineon posts €3-billion loss

The German semi-conductor group Infineon on Tuesday issued a gloomy report for itself and its loss-making memory-chip unit Qimonda, as it posted an annual loss of €3 billion ($3.8 billion).

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Sweden

Spy tricks in cancer woman eviction case

Malmö's council-owned housing company MKB has admitted to using "classic" TV tricks in its bid to evict a 69-year-old woman with multiple illnesses, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

‘Bullet hole’ in SAS plane from Thailand
Sweden

‘Bullet hole’ in SAS plane from Thailand

A suspected bullet hole has been discovered in a SAS airplane which recently returned to Sweden from the Thai city of Phuket.

Snow and ice cause traffic chaos
Germany

Snow and ice cause traffic chaos

Heavy snow and black ice caused traffic chaos across Germany on Wednesday morning, meanwhile more winter weather was expected throughout the day.

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Sweden

Poisoned go-kart driver in shower collapse

Three people were taken to hospital in Uppsala on Friday after inhaling toxic fumes at a local go-kart arena.

UK citizen wanted in record pot bust
Sweden

UK citizen wanted in record pot bust

Swedish authorities plan to issue an arrest warrant for a 33-year-old British citizen wanted in connection with one of the largest marijuana busts in the country’s history.

Steinmeier says Germany ready to boost Afghan engagement
Germany

Steinmeier says Germany ready to boost Afghan engagement

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany is prepared to increase its military and civil engagement in Afghanistan ahead of a meeting with his NATO counterparts on Wednesday in Brussels.

Deutsche Bank says there is no credit crisis
Germany

Deutsche Bank says there is no credit crisis

The head of Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest bank, has said that there is no German credit crisis, even though banks have been accused of not lending sufficiently to consumers and businesses.

Cold War theme chosen for Berlinale
Germany

Cold War theme chosen for Berlinale

The next Berlin Film Festival will showcase Eastern European and German cinema from the Cold War that seemed to foreshadow the end of European communism, organisers said late on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Woman’s benefits withdrawn due to large breasts

A Swedish woman injured in a car accident has had her disability benefits withdrawn after the country’s social insurance agency determined her large bust was to blame for the pain.

Mobile phone radiation damages memory: study
Sweden

Mobile phone radiation damages memory: study

Exposure to mobile phone radiation worsens the short-term memory of rats, according to a new Swedish study.