A perfect Saturday afternoon in Germany
Germany

A perfect Saturday afternoon in Germany

David Wroe explains why some 1,600 burly Berlin cops sporting water cannons, a horde of marching neo-Nazis, and hundreds of angry leftist protesters make for a perfect Saturday afternoon in Germany.

Karin Bergöö Larsson: Mother, muse and artist
Sweden

Karin Bergöö Larsson: Mother, muse and artist

Marge Thorell takes a peek inside the home of a Swedish designer whose own artistic legacy has freed her from the shadow of her celebrated husband.

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Germany

Zabel says Armstrong’s return will boost cycling

German cyclist Erik Zabel said Tuesday the return of seven-times winner Lance Armstrong to the 2009 Tour de France could provide the tarnished sport with a much-needed boost.

Near-collisions occurring daily in German airspace
Germany

Near-collisions occurring daily in German airspace

There is at least one air traffic collision alarm per day in the skies over Germany, a study from the Institute of Railway Systems Engineering and Traffic Safety (IfEV) in Braunschweig revealed on Tuesday.

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Germany

Bremen’s Diego gets four-match ban

Werder Bremen's Brazilian midfielder Diego has been banned for four Bundesliga games by the German Football Federation's (DFB) disciplinary committee on Tuesday for unsporting behaviour.

Volkswagen asks for state guarantees for financial unit
Germany

Volkswagen asks for state guarantees for financial unit

Volkswagen said Tuesday it had sought loan guarantees for its financial services unit as part of government aid for the banking sector, the first German automaker to ask for such help.

Apple removes neo-Nazi albums from iTunes
Germany

Apple removes neo-Nazi albums from iTunes

Apple’s online music store iTunes in Germany has removed two albums from a neo-Nazi band after technology magazine Computerbild informed the company of the objectional content, the semimonthly reported this week.

Teenagers smash man’s skull in Munich U-Bahn
Germany

Teenagers smash man’s skull in Munich U-Bahn

Police on Tuesday reported a group of at least six teenagers recently attacked a 24-year-old man in the Munich U-Bahn station, causing skull and facial fractures. His brother suffered a broken nose when he tried to intervene.

Tainted Irish meat delivered to Swedish schools
Sweden

Tainted Irish meat delivered to Swedish schools

Less than a day after authorities warned consumers in Sweden to avoid pork products from Ireland due to the possible presence of dioxin, it has emerged that Swedish school children may have already eaten some of the tainted meat.

Court orders €3-billion payout for commuters
Germany

Court orders €3-billion payout for commuters

Germany will reimburse €3.0 billion ($3.9 billion) to taxpayers in coming months following a ruling by the country's highest court deeming a trimmed tax break for commuters unconstitutional.

‘Cyberpimp’ trial opens in Stockholm
Sweden

‘Cyberpimp’ trial opens in Stockholm

A Swedish "Cyberpimp" is currently on trial at Stockholm district court, facing accusations that he sold at least 15 young women for sex.

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Sweden

Swedish inflation drops sharply in November

Swedish inflation slowed in November to 2.5 percent from 4.0 percent in October, thanks to declining petrol and mortgage costs, Statistics Sweden (SCB) said on Tuesday.

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Germany

Investor confidence index rises

Germany's closely watched ZEW survey of investor confidence showed a surprise rise for December, on Tuesday, even though markets fretted over how long the country's recession might last.

Selling Yuletide cheer at German Christmas markets
Germany

Selling Yuletide cheer at German Christmas markets

Christmas markets are popular to visit, but have you ever thought about starting your own stand? Stuart Anderson looks into the realities of this famous German tradition from the other side of the counter.

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Sweden

Gothenburg pilot’s wife rides the gamut of emotions

"It felt like there was something to believe in after all. It was almost religious, a miracle," said the wife of one of the pilots from Gothenburg found alive after crashing a small aircraft in icy waters in northern Canada on Sunday.

Lebanese man gets life in failed train bombing
Germany

Lebanese man gets life in failed train bombing

A Lebanese man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for a failed plot to blow up German passenger trains which a Düsseldorf court said could have triggered "a bloodbath of monstrous proportions."

Police beat SPD politician in alleged racist attack
Germany

Police beat SPD politician in alleged racist attack

A young SPD party member was allegedly beaten and humiliated by police because he looked “Mediterranean,” daily Hamburger Morgenpost reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish police inspector sacked for stealing PC

A police inspector in Enköping in central Sweden has been sacked for stealing a notebook PC and a computer game from a department store in the town.

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Sweden

Vodafone buys Swedish Wayfinder group

British mobile phone giant Vodafone announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Swedish company Wayfinder for 239 million kronor ($29 million).

Census shows 13 percent of women go childless
Germany

Census shows 13 percent of women go childless

Nine out of ten German women between the ages of 50 and 75-years-old have borne at least one child according to a 2008 microcensus released by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) on Tuesday in Wiesbaden.

Unemployment forecast to top 9 percent by 2010
Sweden

Unemployment forecast to top 9 percent by 2010

145,000 people are forecast to lose their jobs over the next two years, pushing unemployment up from 6.1 percent today to 9 percent by 2010, according to a new forecast by the Swedish Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).

Sweden to get Europe’s fastest mobile network
Sweden

Sweden to get Europe’s fastest mobile network

Sweden is set to receive the fastest mobile network in Europe following upgrades to be carried out by a group of Swedish companies.

Heavy snow expected by Friday
Germany

Heavy snow expected by Friday

A low front from the North Sea will bring up to 20 centimetres of snow to Germany by Friday, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported this week.

Trade surplus rises despite recession
Germany

Trade surplus rises despite recession

The German trade surplus, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy, rose in October as the country continued to hold up against the global financial crisis, official data showed Tuesday.

Ship’s captain asks guests disembark to avoid pirates
Germany

Ship’s captain asks guests disembark to avoid pirates

The captain of a German cruise ship plans to take drastic measures to save his passengers from pirates off the coast of Somalia, having them disembark in Yemen and picking them up later in Dubai, he told radio broadcaster NDR on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Magazine names Sweden’s ten worst landlords

Six out of Sweden’s ten worst landlords, as listed in Hem & Hyra magazine’s annual ranking, come from the same highly criticized company.

Student’s mobile phone explodes during class
Sweden

Student’s mobile phone explodes during class

A mobile telephone exploded in the hand of a Swedish student in the middle of class on Monday, spreading thick smoke throughout the classroom.