Michelle Pfeiffer lauds younger screen lovers at Berlinale
Germany

Michelle Pfeiffer lauds younger screen lovers at Berlinale

Michelle Pfeiffer said she has fewer role choices now that she is 50 but the upside is that her on-screen lovers keep getting younger, as she unveiled her new Stephen Frears drama "Cheri" Tuesday at the Berlin Film Festival.

Man in court for shoe attack on China’s Wen
Germany

Man in court for shoe attack on China’s Wen

A German student accused of hurling a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at an elite English university pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a public order offence.

I don’t want my MTV
Germany

I don’t want my MTV

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy laments missed opportunities in Teutonic broadcasting on the 25th anniversary of private TV.

German student missing after secret police arrest in Cairo
Germany

German student missing after secret police arrest in Cairo

A German-Egyptian blogger and student engaged in pro-Palestinian political activity is missing after being arrested by Egyptian police in Cairo, a spokesperson from the Foreign Ministry confirmed late on Monday.

Germany most popular country for Americans to do business
Germany

Germany most popular country for Americans to do business

US firms have ranked Germany as the top place in Europe to do business, according to a study published Tuesday by the Boston Consulting Group.

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Sweden

One in six Swedish children obese: study

One out of six five-year-olds in Sweden is overweight, primarily because of a lack of exercise, a new study has found.

Berlinale ticket sellers assaulted and robbed
Germany

Berlinale ticket sellers assaulted and robbed

Two box office workers selling tickets for the Berlin International Film festival were attacked and robbed on Monday evening.

Berlin defends EU treaty amid court showdown
Germany

Berlin defends EU treaty amid court showdown

German ministers clashed Tuesday with opponents of the EU's proposed Lisbon Treaty in a two-day court battle that could potentially see the landmark reforms stopped in their tracks.

‘Porno techno’ artist forms duo to take Germany to Eurovision
Germany

‘Porno techno’ artist forms duo to take Germany to Eurovision

A German producer and musician dubbed by the media as a “party chav” making “porno techno” has teamed up with an American Broadway performer to form Germany’s contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest this May in Moscow.

European snow storms set to hit Sweden
Sweden

European snow storms set to hit Sweden

Storms which have wreaked havoc across Britain and mainland Europe in recent days is set to hit southern Sweden on Tuesday. Snowfalls and wintry conditions are forecast across the country for at least a week, according to the Swedish meteorological agency (SMHI).

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Sweden

Gagged man found dead in central Sweden

A man was found dead near Töreboda in central Sweden on Tuesday morning. The man was found with his mouth gagged with tape and police suspect foul play, according to TV4.

Machinery sector to shed 25,000 jobs
Germany

Machinery sector to shed 25,000 jobs

With industrial orders in a freefall, Germany's key machinery engineering sector could shed 25,000 jobs this year, the VDMA trade association warned on Tuesday.

Stormy winter weather causes traffic chaos across Germany
Germany

Stormy winter weather causes traffic chaos across Germany

A cold snap brought snow and traffic problems to parts of Germany on Tuesday, and even more snow is on the way, according to weather service Meteomedia.

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Sweden

Police crimes unit launches ‘Niggersson’ investigation

The Swedish National Police-related Crimes Unit (Riksenheten för polismål) has launched a criminal investigation against the Malmö police officers that used the fictional names "Neger Niggersson" and "Oskar Neger" (Negro) for internal training purposes.

Winter rail destinations: Åre
Sweden

Winter rail destinations: Åre

With more than 300,000 visitors every year Åre, Sweden's most popular ski destination, has enough to tempt even the most ardent Alpine resort fan.

Nordea sees massive fall in profts
Sweden

Nordea sees massive fall in profts

Nordic banking giant Nordea has announced plans for a new 2.5 billion euro ($3.2 billion) share issue after the company reported a 25 percent drop in net profit on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Sweden’s Handelsbanken reports plunging profits

Handelsbanken, one of Sweden's largest banks, has reported a fall in net profit of 29 percent for the fourth quarter.

Garbage workers call off strike
Sweden

Garbage workers call off strike

The strike by Stockholm garbage workers which began on Friday is over. Both sides claimed victory after workers returned to work on Tuesday.

Older mothers at risk of psychosis: study
Sweden

Older mothers at risk of psychosis: study

First-time mothers over the age of 35 run a greater risk of suffering from a psychosis after delivery than younger women, a new Swedish study conducted at Karolinska Institutet (KI) shows.

Drunk switches dead passenger to driver side
Germany

Drunk switches dead passenger to driver side

An intoxicated driver has been arrested for putting his dead passenger in the driver seat after driving too fast and killing him in an accident, daily Hamburger Abendblatt reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish rapper awaits hearing on murder charges in Los Angeles

A Los Angeles court on Monday extended the detention order for a 34-year-old Swedish hip hop artist who has been held on murder charges since November.

Germany warms up for first friendly of the year with Norway
Germany

Germany warms up for first friendly of the year with Norway

After his public spat with coach Joachim Löw last October, Germany captain Michael Ballack will win his 90th cap in Wednesday's friendly against Norway with the issue forgiven - but clearly not forgotten.

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Sweden

Prison for kidnappers who fell asleep on the job

Two kidnappers who fell asleep while holding two men hostage in a hotel room in Helsingborg in western Sweden have each been sentenced to five years in prison.

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Sweden

Arrest in death of woman found in ditch

One person has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman found in a snowy ditch in Tibro in central Sweden on Sunday night.