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Germany

Doctors acquitted after helping British man to die

Two German doctors accused of illegally helping a severely ill British man die in 2004 were acquitted Monday amid an emotional national debate on euthanasia.

Germany ready to help US close Guantanamo
Germany

Germany ready to help US close Guantanamo

Germany said Monday it would consider taking in foreign detainees from Guantanamo if the United States closes its "war on terror" jail, but only if the rest of the European Union steps up to the plate.

Physicians say flu epidemic on the way
Germany

Physicians say flu epidemic on the way

Medical practitioners predicted on Monday that a flu epidemic will to roll across Germany in the next few weeks.

Man jumps into Knut’s enclosure
Germany

Man jumps into Knut’s enclosure

Polar bear Knut, the pride of the Berlin zoo, got an unexpected visitor as a slightly disturbed man jumped into the furry star’s enclosure for a swim and refused to leave, daily Tagespiegel reported on Monday.

Cold and cloudy weather over Christmas
Sweden

Cold and cloudy weather over Christmas

Cold and cloudy weather across most of Sweden is forecast for the Christmas period, according to the Swedish meteorological agency (SMHI).

Think tank forecasts worst recession since World War II
Germany

Think tank forecasts worst recession since World War II

One of Germany’s leading economic institutes on Monday predicted that the country’s economy will contract by 2.7 percent in 2009 - which would be the worst recession in its post-war history.

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Sweden

Redundancies rocket in December

A total of 14,773 people have so far been made redundant in Sweden in December, according to new figures from the public employment agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).

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Sweden

Volvo Cars not to contest manslaughter verdict

Volvo Cars has said it will not appeal against a ruling in a French court ordering the Swedish car maker to pay a €200,000 fine for manslaughter relating to a fatal crash in 1999.

Queen Silvia: ‘No plans to retire’
Sweden

Queen Silvia: ‘No plans to retire’

Sweden's Queen Silvia has confirmed that she has no plans to retire despite reaching the retirement age of 65.

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Germany

Man admits sexually abusing 75 children

A 40-year-old man from Bavaria is being charged with sexually abusing 75 children over a period of 13 years, police reported on Monday. The man confessed that in some cases, he lured kids with pornography into a basement where the abuse took place.

Politicians demand Christmas church pews be saved for tithers
Germany

Politicians demand Christmas church pews be saved for tithers

With churches expected to be packed this Christmas Eve, German officials are calling for pews to be reserved for church members to ensure they are not squeezed out by holiday-only parishioners.

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Sweden

Court rejects Albanian extradition request

The Swedish Supreme Court (HD) has backed a decision by prosecutors not to extradite a woman suspected of carrying out several murders in Albania due to concerns that her human rights would not be respected.

‘Farmer’ Prince moves south for studies
Sweden

‘Farmer’ Prince moves south for studies

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip is to move south next month to begin a two-year course at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Alnarp, a small town just outside Malmö.

Is Berlin’s real estate party over?
Germany

Is Berlin’s real estate party over?

While realtors worry about the consequences of the global cash crisis on Berlin's red hot property market, experts argue that flats in the right location should remain a sound investment. Joe Morgan has a look at the situation for Exberliner Magazine.

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Sweden

Physio cautioned for ovary examination

A physiotherapist has been cautioned for improper conduct in connection with an examination of a patient's knee complaint. The examination included an extended 'rummaging' around the female patient's ovaries.

Finding your roots in Sweden
Sweden

Finding your roots in Sweden

Fresh from a visit to the homestead of her ancestors, Marge Thorell has practical advice for anyone wishing to trace their Swedish roots.

Ex-BND boss Hanning issues terror warning
Germany

Ex-BND boss Hanning issues terror warning

Deputy Interior Minister August Hanning said on Monday Germany had foiled several terrorist attacks in 2008, but warned the country from taking the ongoing threat too lightly.

Recession catches up with consumers
Germany

Recession catches up with consumers

The recession is catching up with German consumers, causing their confidence has stagnated following three straight months of gradually growing optimism, a poll released on Monday showed.

Swedish households remain pessimistic
Sweden

Swedish households remain pessimistic

With the state of the Swedish economy considerably weaker than normal, households remain pessimistic over their private finances and the nation's economy, a new report from the National Institute of Economic Research (Konjunkturinstitutet - NIER) shows.

Fanni Risberg – In transit on England’s south coast
Sweden

Fanni Risberg – In transit on England’s south coast

Swedish singer-songwriter and actress Fanni Risberg takes time out from recording her debut album to talk to Peter Vinthagen Simpson about celebrity, female solidarity and the importance of making choices.

Munich Re to buy US insurer HSB Group
Germany

Munich Re to buy US insurer HSB Group

German reinsurance group Munich Re on Monday said it has agreed to buy the specialty insurer HSB Group from troubled US giant AIG for $742 million (€531 million).

Baby Jesus stolen from bible belt crib
Sweden

Baby Jesus stolen from bible belt crib

A life-size baby Jesus has been the main attraction at the nativity scene at a hotel in Jönköping in southern Sweden. The manger was looking decidedly under-populated on Saturday as a thief stole the child saviour.

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Sweden

Young arsonists set fire to hospital

Police have questioned a number of boys suspected of setting at least two fires inside Linköping University Hospital in central Sweden on Sunday night.

Three Germans die in Austrian avalanches
Germany

Three Germans die in Austrian avalanches

Three Germans died in avalanches in Austria over the weekend, news agency APA reported on Monday.

Hesse SPD candidate calls for forced loans from the rich
Germany

Hesse SPD candidate calls for forced loans from the rich

Behind in the polls ahead of next month’s state election, the Social Democratic candidate to become premier of Hesse, Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel, on Monday called for Germany’s rich to loan the government money to help combat the economic downturn.