US and Germany talk security and trade
Germany

US and Germany talk security and trade

The United States and Germany underscored their mutual dependence on Tuesday, as Washington said it needs German forces in Afghanistan and Berlin urged the US resist sealing off its economy with protectionist measures.

Merkel: Pope’s comments on Holocaust denial ‘insufficient’
Germany

Merkel: Pope’s comments on Holocaust denial ‘insufficient’

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of criticism in Germany calling for Pope Benedict XVI to clarify the Catholic Church’s position on rehabilitating a bishop who is a known Holocaust denier.

Bloody man plunges from Hamburg overpass
Germany

Bloody man plunges from Hamburg overpass

Police in Hamburg had to temporarily close down a main street and metro line on Tuesday morning after someone found the bloody corpse of a man thought to have plunged from a train overpass.

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Sweden

‘Tap the potential of immigrant entrepreneurs’

Sweden could learn a lot from Canada and the UK when it comes to leveraging the power of entrepreneurship to help integrate immigrants, writes Nima Sanandaji of the Captus think tank.

Forgetful cop fined over public toilet gun gaffe
Sweden

Forgetful cop fined over public toilet gun gaffe

A police inspector in south east Sweden has been docked five days' wages for leaving her gun at a public toilet.

Munich and Hamburg ranked Europe’s best property investments
Germany

Munich and Hamburg ranked Europe’s best property investments

Munich and Hamburg top the list of places to invest in real estate in Europe, according to a new study released this week.

Study finds long-life gene in elderly Germans
Germany

Study finds long-life gene in elderly Germans

A gene linked to longevity in Japanese people has also been uncovered in Germans, suggesting people with the right genes the world over can reach a ripe old age, a study published Tuesday showed.

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Sweden

Amnesty: ‘Sweden lax on war criminals’

Sweden has been strongly criticized by Amnesty International in a new report released on Tuesday. Amnesty has called on Sweden to end impunity from crimes such as torture, crimes against humanity and extrajudicial executions.

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Sweden

Profits and orders plummet at Scania

Swedish truckmaker Scania reported a 44 percent drop in fourth quarter net profits and sharp drop in new orders on Tuesday, at the same time the board recommended shareholders reject Porsche’s takeover bid.

Bildt makes unexpected visit to Gaza
Sweden

Bildt makes unexpected visit to Gaza

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to Gaza, touring a demolished factory and a hospital damaged during Israel's 22-day assault on the Palestinian enclave.

Wave of flu infections to increase related deaths this year
Germany

Wave of flu infections to increase related deaths this year

The number of influenza-related deaths in Germany is expected to rise this flu season due a wave of infections more intense than years past, the head of the National Centre for Influenza at the Robert Koch institute Brunhilde Schweiger told German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk on Tuesday.

Sweden offers banks billions more in aid
Sweden

Sweden offers banks billions more in aid

The Swedish government announced a new rescue package for the banking sector on Tuesday worth up to 50 billion kronor ($6 billion).

German retail sales continue to slide
Germany

German retail sales continue to slide

German retail sales fell unexpectedly in December, seasonally corrected data released Tuesday by the national statistics office showed as the biggest European economy remained gripped by recession.

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Sweden

Taxi leaves 89-year-old woman to walk alone in the woods

The driver of a mobility service taxi considered the road too slippery and instead of driving his 89-year-old passenger to the door of her cabin in the woods, he dropped her off and told her to walk the remaining kilometre on her own.

SAS losses prompt reorganization
Sweden

SAS losses prompt reorganization

Scandinavian airline SAS reported major losses for 2008 on Tuesday as it announced plans to accelerate restructuring, lay off thousands, cut 40 percent of its routes, and divest several subsidiaries.

East German songwriter commits suicide in jail
Germany

East German songwriter commits suicide in jail

East German songwriter Kurt Demmler was found dead on Tuesday morning in his Berlin jail cell, the same day he was to stand trial for more than 200 counts of child sexual abuse, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported.

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Sweden

Sweden and Denmark deliver on postal merger

The agreement formally regulating the merger between the Swedish and Danish post offices, Posten and Post Danmark, has been signed, the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications has confirmed in a statement.

‘Black market’ Swedish flat leases sold openly on the internet
Sweden

‘Black market’ Swedish flat leases sold openly on the internet

Stockholm has long had a problem with housing shortages, and as a result, a black market in rental contracts. But now the illegal market has gone mainstream and leases are sold being openly on the internet.

Number of traumatised German troops in Afghanistan grows
Germany

Number of traumatised German troops in Afghanistan grows

The number of traumatised German soldiers returning from Afghanistan is on the rise, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Workers strike in four German states
Germany

Workers strike in four German states

Public sector workers staged warning strikes beginning on Tuesday morning in an escalating wage dispute with the states of Saxony, Lower Saxony, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Meanwhile a transit worker strike crippled rush hour traffic in the state of Bavaria.

US army deserter pleads for asylum in Germany
Germany

US army deserter pleads for asylum in Germany

A deserter from the US army seeking asylum in Germany pleads his case this week in a hearing that could have major political and legal ramifications.

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Sweden

Teacher fined following beer run for 15-year-olds

A Stockholm-area middle school teacher who purchased beer for two 15-year-old girls has been sentenced to 7,500 kronor ($900) in fines.

Confession in prosecutor bomb attack
Sweden

Confession in prosecutor bomb attack

A 25-year-old Malmö resident, who together with a 24-year-old childhood friend stands accused of planting a bomb at the front of prosecutor Barbro Jönsson’s house, has confessed that he was involved.