WestLB to seek €10 billion in state aid
Germany

WestLB to seek €10 billion in state aid

German state-owned regional bank WestLB is to seek government guarantees worth at least €10 billion under a rescue scheme, the daily Rheinische Post

Twin polar bear cubs die at Nuremberg zoo
Germany

Twin polar bear cubs die at Nuremberg zoo

Both twin baby polar bears at Nuremberg Zoo have died, it was announced on Saturday.

Nobel economist slams German crisis plans
Germany

Nobel economist slams German crisis plans

Nobel laureate for economics Paul Krugman has slammed the German government’s handing of the economic crisis, saying Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück have completely failed to understand the situation.

Government has lost files so secret their contents are unknown
Germany

Government has lost files so secret their contents are unknown

The German government has lost more than 300 files that are so top secret no-one knows what was in them, it was confirmed this weekend.

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Sweden

Swedish farm hit by anthrax outbreak

A farm in the vicinity of Varberg in western Sweden has been hit by an outbreak of anthrax. Thirteen cattle have so far died from the disease which has not been seen in Sweden since 1981 and is harmful to humans.

Drunken lads crash stolen truck into seven parked cars
Germany

Drunken lads crash stolen truck into seven parked cars

Two teenagers who stole a truck from work went on a slow motion rampage with the vehicle, smashing up seven cars without even getting very far.

Sarkozy names German-speaker as new Europe minister
Germany

Sarkozy names German-speaker as new Europe minister

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has appointed a German-speaking lawmaker to be his new minister for Europe after a rocky few months for Franco-German ties.

Maltese heartthrob sings home Swedish Idol prize
Sweden

Maltese heartthrob sings home Swedish Idol prize

Sweden's Idol 2008 talent show came to a screeching climax on Friday night and left Kevin Borg, a young crooner from Malta who has only lived in Sweden for a year, clutching the champagne.

Policeman suspended after punching football fan on film
Germany

Policeman suspended after punching football fan on film

A policeman who was filmed while punching a Berlin football fan in the face for seemingly no reason has been identified as a squad commander in charge of up to 80 officers.

Huge security breach for German credit cards
Germany

Huge security breach for German credit cards

Detailed and sensitive bank information of tens of thousands of German credit card customers have been stolen in what investigators have described as the worst ever case of data theft in the country.

Student receives damages for headscarf slight
Sweden

Student receives damages for headscarf slight

A student at a Landskrona secondary school in southern Sweden has been awarded damages for being told not to wear an Islamic headscarf.

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Sweden

Washer fluid behind drink driving mix-up

Monika Mårtensson cleaned her windscreen with washer fluid. This was enough to put her over the limit of a police breathalyser test.

Thousands lack power after heavy snow
Sweden

Thousands lack power after heavy snow

After heavy snowfalls across Sweden on Friday thousands of people were left without electricity on Saturday morning. Icy road conditions were forecast for Saturday in Stockholm and northern areas.