Germany renews call for Gaza ceasefire
Germany

Germany renews call for Gaza ceasefire

Germany called on Sunday for efforts towards a ceasefire in Gaza to intensify but said that any truce must ensure Israel's long-term security.

Riesch bags third World Cup slalom win in Zagreb
Germany

Riesch bags third World Cup slalom win in Zagreb

German skier Maria Riesch won her third successive World Cup slalom in Zagreb on Sunday in the latest leg of the World Cup series and took the lead in the overall standings off American Lindsey Vonn.

Safer cigarettes on Swedish shelves in 2010
Sweden

Safer cigarettes on Swedish shelves in 2010

From 2010 it will become illegal to sell cigarettes in Sweden and across the EU that are not self-extinguishing. The new rules are forecast to save many of the 2,000 lives lost across the continent to fires ignited by cigarettes.

Christian Democrats propose VIP care for the elderly
Sweden

Christian Democrats propose VIP care for the elderly

Elderly patients with a high demand for medical care should be given VIP passes and preferential hospital care, according to a new proposal from the Christian Democrat party.

Arson attacks on Berlin’s luxury cars continue
Germany

Arson attacks on Berlin’s luxury cars continue

Unknown arsonists continued a series of attacks on Berlin’s luxury cars on Saturday night by setting fire to two vehicles in the Friedrichshain district.

Germany mulls new shot in the arm for economy
Germany

Germany mulls new shot in the arm for economy

On Monday Chancellor Angela Merkel will receive a festive children's choir raising money for charity. They are not the only ones wanting cash in Berlin - and others are singing a lot less sweetly.

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Sweden

Sweden condemns Israel’s Gaza invasion

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt harshly condemned Israel's deadly assault on Gaza late Saturday, insisting the invasion would seriously hamper diplomatic attempts to find a solution to the conflict.

Daimler denies interest in Volvo
Germany

Daimler denies interest in Volvo

According to the latest edition of the weekly Der Spiegel, German car giant Daimler recently decided not to buy Swedish-based Volvo Cars from ailing US manufacturers Ford, but Daimler has now denied it was ever interested.

Icy conditions cause chaos on Sweden’s roads
Sweden

Icy conditions cause chaos on Sweden’s roads

Snow and ice made driving treacherous on roads in souther Sweden on Saturday with a slew of accidents as a result. Passengers were left stranded at Stockholm Skavsta airport as a Ryanair flight was cancelled and roads remained blocked.

Memorabilia auction from Knut zookeeper Dörflein makes €7,000
Germany

Memorabilia auction from Knut zookeeper Dörflein makes €7,000

The eBay auction of a handful of possessions of Thomas Dörflein, deceased keeper of Berlin’s famous polar bear Knut, ended Saturday evening, taking a total of nearly €7,000. The sale took place despite recriminations from Dörflein’s former fiancée Daniela K.

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Sweden

Swedish firms planning large layoffs in 2009

After shedding tens of thousands of jobs in recent months, Sweden should prepare for a new wave of layoffs in 2009, a survey of some of the country's top business leaders showed on Saturday.

Super-rich families lose billions in crisis
Germany

Super-rich families lose billions in crisis

Germany's 20 wealthiest families have lost about €40 billion in the economic crisis in share values alone, the financial magazine WirtschaftsWoche reported in its latest edition.