Merkel presses Russia and Ukraine on gas row
Germany

Merkel presses Russia and Ukraine on gas row

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday pressed the prime minister of Russia and Ukraine – Vladimir Putin and Yulia Tymoshenko – to get gas flowing towards Western Europe again.

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Sweden

Jews in Sweden under increasing threat

Police in Sweden are on heightened alert following a spike in anti-Semitic attacks around the country in the wake of Israel’s campaign against Gaza-based Hamas militants.

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Sweden

Wave of bankruptcies ‘only beginning’

Fresh figures show that the number of bankruptcies in Sweden grew by 12 percent last year to a total of 5,500, and credit check company UC fears that the worst is yet to come.

Restructuring problems cause late social insurance payments
Sweden

Restructuring problems cause late social insurance payments

Strained finances at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) may result in prolonged processing times and delayed payments, according to a new report.

Fischer slams EU’s ‘flea circus’ in Middle East
Germany

Fischer slams EU’s ‘flea circus’ in Middle East

Amid efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has reportedly called EU diplomatic work in the Middle East "chaotic" and a "flea circus."

Late billionaire Merckle agreed to sell Ratiopharm
Germany

Late billionaire Merckle agreed to sell Ratiopharm

German billionaire Adolf Merckle sealed the breakup of his industrial empire before committing suicide on Monday – agreeing to the sale of Germany’s biggest generic drugmaker Ratiopharm.

Turkish Karneval club wants to ‘civilise’ Cologne tradition
Germany

Turkish Karneval club wants to ‘civilise’ Cologne tradition

While the Rhineland readies for the traditional “fifth season,” or Karneval, the Turkish community in Cologne has founded the first foreign carnival club (TKVD) to take part in the wild and boozy festivities in their own way, the organisation revealed during Wednesday.

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Sweden

More pessimism over Swedish economy

Swedes’ view of the economy continues to deteriorate according to a new report by the Skop opinion research company.

Infineon targeted in EU price fixing probe
Germany

Infineon targeted in EU price fixing probe

Sites belonging to the German semi-conductor maker Infineon were searched within the framework of a European Commission probe into suspected price fixing of smart-cards, the company said on Wednesday.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Time to shake off that post-Christmas lethargy and get out and about in Sweden’s main cities this weekend.

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Sweden

Students reported for beating school principal

Three students from a school in western Sweden have been reported to police for assaulting their principal.

Tennis: Germany downs US at Hopman Cup
Germany

Tennis: Germany downs US at Hopman Cup

Germany shocked the United States at the Hopman Cup on Wednesday to end the hopes of the top seeds and holders and move within one tie of the mixed teams’ tournament final.

Meatballs reign supreme in Swedish kitchens: study
Sweden

Meatballs reign supreme in Swedish kitchens: study

Swedes love their meatballs, according to a new study examining cooking habits among Swedish households.

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 10
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 10

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 9
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 9

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Possible mass grave of German WWII civilians found in Poland
Germany

Possible mass grave of German WWII civilians found in Poland

Some 1,800 corpses that authorities believe to be German civilians killed during World War II have been discovered in the Polish city of Malbork, daily Bild reported Wednesday.

Gang leader’s email posted on the internet
Sweden

Gang leader’s email posted on the internet

Hackers on Tuesday night accessed an email account used by the head of the Original Gangsters (OG) criminal gang and later published the correspondence on a popular internet forum.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 10
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 10

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 9
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 9

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 10
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 10

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 9
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 9

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Russian mafia taking hold in Berlin
Germany

Russian mafia taking hold in Berlin

Berlin is emerging as one of the world headquarters of the Russian mafia, according to Wednesday's edition of daily Die Welt.

The best of Berlin in January
Germany

The best of Berlin in January

Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, this month picks the best places to strip burlesque style, get your very own personal shopping guide or speak your mind before an audience.

Economic downturn hits German job market
Germany

Economic downturn hits German job market

The global financial crisis has come to Europe's largest economy: German unemployment rose in December halting nearly three years of job creation, according to official figures released on Wednesday.

Germany mulls €100 billion in corporate loan guarantees
Germany

Germany mulls €100 billion in corporate loan guarantees

The German government is considering €100 billion ($135 billion) in guarantees to help companies find financing along the lines of a plan already used by banks, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Wednesday.

Deep freeze continues in Germany
Germany

Deep freeze continues in Germany

Icy polar air has brought new record low temperatures to Germany for the second straight day. The town of Dippoldiswalde in the eastern state of Saxony registered a frigid -27.7 degrees Celsius (-17.86 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday morning, weather service Meteomedia reported.

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Sweden

Swedish Gaza evacuation postponed

Swedish citizens trapped in Gaza will not be evacuated on Wednesday as originally planned, the foreign ministry has confirmed.

Condor passengers stranded for two days in Cancún
Germany

Condor passengers stranded for two days in Cancún

Some 270 vacationers got an unexpected trip extension when they were forced to wait for more than two days in Mexico for their return flight to Frankfurt as their Condor airline plane was repaired, the company confirmed late on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Boys trapped under ice in souped down Volvo

Two boys from western Sweden escaped without injury after their Volvo "tractor" sank to the bottom of an ice-covered lake near Karlstad.

Putin and Merkel to hold talks in Berlin
Germany

Putin and Merkel to hold talks in Berlin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on January 16, German government sources told AFP on Tuesday.

Accidents abound on icy roads
Sweden

Accidents abound on icy roads

At least fifteen accidents were reported in western Sweden overnight as treacherous road conditions prevailed. There were no reports of any injuries.