EU denies split as Merkel left out
Germany

EU denies split as Merkel left out

Top European leaders denied there was a split with Germany on Monday after Chancellor Angela Merkel was left out of a meeting on how to rescue the continent's ailing economies from the global financial crisis.

Police acquitted over asylum-seeker’s death
Germany

Police acquitted over asylum-seeker’s death

Two policemen tried for the death of an asylum-seeker from Sierra Leone - who burned alive in a jail cell - were acquitted on Monday in the eastern German city of Dessau, sparking a scuffle in the courtroom.

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Sweden

Gothenburg men survive plane crash

Two Gothenburg-area residents were found alive after spending 17 hours in bitter cold temperatures when the small aircraft they were flying crash landed in icy waters near Iqaluit in northern Canada on Sunday night.

Daimler to slash workweek amid slump
Germany

Daimler to slash workweek amid slump

German luxury carmaker Daimler said on Monday it would resort to shorter workweeks early next year to adapt to a sharp slump in demand.

Battle over Munich Weißwurst sausage trademark continues
Germany

Battle over Munich Weißwurst sausage trademark continues

The battle for Munich's famous Weißwurst continued on Monday, after a court postponed ruling whether Bavaria’s favourite sausage can only be made by the city's butchers.

Steel giant ArcelorMittal to cut thousands of jobs
Germany

Steel giant ArcelorMittal to cut thousands of jobs

The world’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal is planning to lay off several hundred workers in Germany, according to financial daily Handelsblatt on Monday.

UK blocks Scorpions Wikipedia page for child porn
Germany

UK blocks Scorpions Wikipedia page for child porn

Several UK internet providers have blocked access to a Wikipedia page about German heavy metal band Scorpions due to an album cover that features a nude prepubescent girl, news agency AP reported on Monday.

Winter rail destinations: Copenhagen
Sweden

Winter rail destinations: Copenhagen

Perched on the other side of the Öresund strait, cosmopolitan Copenhagen is just a short train ride away.

Navigating Berlin’s ‘Cult of the Artist’ exhibitions
Germany

Navigating Berlin’s ‘Cult of the Artist’ exhibitions

Berlin might be a magnet for modern-day artists, but the city is also staging an ambitious ten-exhibition “Cult of the Artist” show veering from Jeff Koons to Paul Klee. Daniel Miller separates the wheat from the chaff so you don't have to.

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Sweden

Fewer jobs cut than expected at Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars announced on Monday it would be shedding 2,721 of the 3,900 Swedish jobs it has previously announced would be cut.

German population aging rapidly
Germany

German population aging rapidly

Germany is aging rapidly: By 2025 the number of Germans older than 80 will surge some 70 percent, a study released by the Bertelsmann Foundation on Monday said.

Swedish public pool to rent out burkinis
Sweden

Swedish public pool to rent out burkinis

In a nod to women not wishing to reveal too much, an indoor public swimming pool in Sweden has begun renting out burkinis, full-body swimsuits that cover everything but the face, hands, and feet.

1,700-year-old bog oak up for auction
Germany

1,700-year-old bog oak up for auction

An almost 1,700-year-old bog-oak is up for auction, the forestry office in Liebenburg in the German state of Lower Saxony reported on Monday.

Protestors storm Greek consulate in Berlin
Germany

Protestors storm Greek consulate in Berlin

The Greek consulate in Berlin has been occupied by demonstrators protesting the police shooting of a 15-year-old boy in Athens, news agency DPA reported on Monday morning.

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Sweden

‘No comment’ from Sweden over aid to Latvia

Sweden confirmed on Monday that it has entered into a dialogue with Latvia but would not comment on whether it planned to offer financial aid to the struggling Baltic nation.

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Sweden

Stolen Newton first edition gravitates back to Swedish home

A Swedish university has been reunited with a first edition copy of Isaac Newton's Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica some forty years after the book was stolen from from its collection.

Chlorine leak injures 15 kids at swim meet
Germany

Chlorine leak injures 15 kids at swim meet

A group of 15 children had to be rushed to the hospital after being overcome by chlorine fumes at an indoor public pool in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, police reported late on Sunday night.

‘Women best at assembling Ikea furniture’
Sweden

‘Women best at assembling Ikea furniture’

Woman are more skilled than men at assembling Ikea's flatpack furniture, according to the head of the Swedish company's German unit.

Steelmaker SSAB to cut 1,300 jobs
Sweden

Steelmaker SSAB to cut 1,300 jobs

Swedish steelmaker SSAB announced plans on Monday to reduce staff by 1,300 employees as part of a billion kronor ($122 million) savings programme.

Sweden to offer loans to Volvo and Saab
Sweden

Sweden to offer loans to Volvo and Saab

Sweden is set to provide several billion kronor worth of loans and loan guarantees to embattled automakers Volvo Cars and Saab Automobile, according to a report in the Swedish business press.

German women considered better at building Ikea furniture
Germany

German women considered better at building Ikea furniture

Head of Swedish household retailer Ikea’s German unit, Petra Hesser, said on Monday that women are better at building the chain's unassembled furniture than men.

‘Make Swedish universities independent’
Sweden

‘Make Swedish universities independent’

Universities and colleges in Sweden ought to cut ties with the state in order to have more freedom to raise funds and control their own affairs, a government commission has proposed.

German-Russian war booty disputes continue
Germany

German-Russian war booty disputes continue

More than 60 years after the end of World War II, disputes over war booty rage on as Germany seeks, with mixed success, the return of treasures looted by the victorious Red Army.

Merkel to block climate reforms that risk jobs
Germany

Merkel to block climate reforms that risk jobs

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to block European Union climate protection resolutions that could endanger German jobs at a summit this week, she told daily Bild on Monday.

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Sweden

Marriage of senile Swedish man called into question

The son of a Swedish man with dementia wants to annul his father’s marriage, which took place shortly after a doctor had diagnosed the man as “completely disconnected from reality”.