Steinmeier heads to DC for talks with Clinton
Germany

Steinmeier heads to DC for talks with Clinton

Hillary Clinton was to discuss Afghanistan and Iran when she meets with her British and German counterparts on Tuesday in her first high-level meetings since becoming secretary of state two weeks ago.

BMW talks green cars with France’s Peugeot
Germany

BMW talks green cars with France’s Peugeot

German automaker BMW said Monday it held talks in France last month on issues such as electric cars but added that the exchanges did not cover cooperation on an industrial level.

Merkel sees financial markets stabilising
Germany

Merkel sees financial markets stabilising

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said she believed the world’s financial markets were beginning to stabilise months after sparking a global economic downturn.

A German Pope’s dangerous dance with Holocaust deniers
Germany

A German Pope’s dangerous dance with Holocaust deniers

Following the rehabilitation of Holocaust denier Richard Williamson, the Catholic Church under German Pope Benedict XVI must not sanction the deeds and ideology of the Society of St. Pius X, argues the German Jewish Council’s Stephan J. Kramer.

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Sweden

The Royals: ‘A living touchstone to the past’

Sweden's royals remain popular because they provide an invaluable link to the past, writes Gene Oberto, in response to an article critical of the country's constitutional monarchy.

‘Father’ of Playmobil Hans Beck dies
Germany

‘Father’ of Playmobil Hans Beck dies

The founder of the internationally beloved Playmobil toy figures, Hans Beck, has died at the age of 79, the Zirndorf-based company announced on Monday.

Terror financing trial underway in Malmö
Sweden

Terror financing trial underway in Malmö

Security was tight at a Malmö courthouse as proceedings began on Monday to determine whether or not donations to the Swedish chapter of a Palestinian foundation were being used to support Hamas.

UK snow storm causes delays at Swedish airports
Sweden

UK snow storm causes delays at Swedish airports

Flights from Sweden’s major airports have been hit by lengthy delays and cancellations as snowstorms swept across western Europe and the UK on Monday.

Book returned to library after 37 years
Sweden

Book returned to library after 37 years

A repentant borrower has returned a book to a library in a town in eastern Sweden 37 years after it first went missing from the shelves.

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Sweden

Three charged in ‘Romario’ killing

Three young men were charged on Monday for the murder of 23-year-old Ahmed "Romario" Ibrahim Ali, who was stabbed to death north of Stockholm in October.

Atlas Copco to slash 3,000 jobs
Sweden

Atlas Copco to slash 3,000 jobs

Swedish industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco has announced cutbacks expected to affect 3,000 workers worldwide, including 900 in Sweden.

Pirates demand $6 million for German liquid gas tanker
Germany

Pirates demand $6 million for German liquid gas tanker

Pirates are demanding a ransom of $6 million (€4.7 million) for the release of a German tanker they highjacked in the Gulf of Aden last Thursday, news agency DPA reported on Monday.

CIA warns terrorists targeting German vote
Germany

CIA warns terrorists targeting German vote

A CIA official on Monday warned that the US intelligence agency had received indications al Qaeda was planning to launch terrorist attacks in Germany with the aim of influencing the country's general election this autumn.

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Sweden

Hong Kong firm pushes ahead with Stockholm metro plans

Hong Kong transport company MTR said on Monday it would press ahead with its plans to begin operating the Stockholm metro system from November despite an appeal from French firm Veolia.

Archbishop calls rehabilitiation of Holocaust denier a ‘mistake’
Germany

Archbishop calls rehabilitiation of Holocaust denier a ‘mistake’

Hamburg’s Catholic Archbishop has criticised the Vatican’s controversial choice to lift the excommunication of British Bishop Richard Williamson after he publicly denied the Holocaust, daily Hamburger Abendblatt reported on Monday.

Triple murderer released from jail
Sweden

Triple murderer released from jail

A Finnish man sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of three members of the same family in northern Sweden in 1988 was let out of jail on Monday morning.

Two winners split country’s third-largest lottery jackpot
Germany

Two winners split country’s third-largest lottery jackpot

Two winners from the states of Bavaria and Lower Saxony will share Germany’s third-largest Lotto jackpot of €35 million, Toto Lotto announced on Monday.

Police warn of shoddy terrorism protection
Germany

Police warn of shoddy terrorism protection

After recent terrorist threats against Germany, the police union GdP has warned of poor security across the country, daily Ruhr Nachrichten reported on Monday.

Cop’s craving uncovers contraband cigarettes
Sweden

Cop’s craving uncovers contraband cigarettes

When a police officer was offered two different prices for a pack of cigarettes at a tobacco store in southern Sweden, he put his nicotine craving aside and called for backup.

Children find talking TV bread loaf in abandoned building
Germany

Children find talking TV bread loaf in abandoned building

Bernd das Brot – a talking loaf of bread from a children’s TV show – has been freed after spending 11 days held captive by leftist squatters, Erfurt police reported late on Sunday.

Sri Lanka ‘threatens’ German ambassador
Germany

Sri Lanka ‘threatens’ German ambassador

Berlin has made it clear that it is unimpressed by "threats" from Sri Lanka's top defence official to expel Germany's ambassador and other foreigners seen as supportive of Tamil rebels.

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Sweden

Outrage over language ban proposal

Elementary students in Sweden with foreign backgrounds should no longer be allowed to study maths in their native languages, according to a Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) working group.

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Sweden

Psychiatric restraint methods called into question

Personnel in Sweden’s psychiatric hospitals have been using dangerous methods to restrain unruly patients.