Germany questioned over Nazi ‘Dr Death’
Germany

Germany questioned over Nazi ‘Dr Death’

Nazi hunters demanded an explanation from Germany on Wednesday on how "Doctor Death," one of the world's most wanted war criminals, was apparently able to live freely in Egypt for 30 years.

BASF warns of job cuts
Germany

BASF warns of job cuts

The head of German chemical giant BASF sought to prepare staff for possible job cuts stemming from the global economic crisis, in an interview to appear on Thursday.

Big business dominates the Berlinale on and off screen
Germany

Big business dominates the Berlinale on and off screen

The Berlin International Film Festival might have several entries tackling the foibles of the corporate world this year, but as Daniel Miller reports, the Berlinale itself is also all about business.

Berlin mulls tracking data on foreign visitors
Germany

Berlin mulls tracking data on foreign visitors

German residents who have frequent guests from outside the EU could find themselves monitored by the government if a newly proposed measure to combat visa abuse is passed, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Wednesday.

Police arrest brothers in KaDeWe jewellery heist investigation
Germany

Police arrest brothers in KaDeWe jewellery heist investigation

More than two weeks after the sensational jewellery robbery at Germany’s most famous department store, the KaDeWe in Berlin, police arrested two suspects in the state of Lower Saxony on Wednesday.

The Pirate Bay: ‘Political trial of the decade’
Sweden

The Pirate Bay: ‘Political trial of the decade’

Next week sees the start of the long-awaited Pirate Bay trial. With the eyes of the world on Sweden, Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge argues that there is much more at stake than the future of the site's operators.

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Sweden

H&M heir to assume CEO position in July

Swedish clothing retailer Hennes and Mauritz announced that the company founder’s 33-year-old grandson would take over as CEO.

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Sweden

EU signs off on Sweden’s banking rescue package

Sweden’s plan to stimulate lending by offering the country's banks up to 50 billion kronor ($6.0 billion) gained approval from the European Commission on Wednesday.

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Germany

Two boys killed by freight train

Two 13-year-old boys were killed by a freight train on Tuesday evening, according to police in the German state of Brandenburg.

TeliaSonera profits beat expectations
Sweden

TeliaSonera profits beat expectations

TeliaSonera credited earnings from emerging markets and the Nordic-Baltic region for helping the Swedish-Finnish telecom operator beat fourth quarter net profits expectations when it presented its results on Wednesday.

Ice Church in Swedish Lappland offers white winterland wedding
Sweden

Ice Church in Swedish Lappland offers white winterland wedding

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, AFP's Nina Larson witnesses wedding ceremonies performed in a Swedish winter wonderland.

Hypo Real Estate gets €10 bln in guarantees
Germany

Hypo Real Estate gets €10 bln in guarantees

The fate of German bank Hypo Real Estate (HRE) remained in suspense on Wednesday even after it was granted new state guarantees aimed at helping it get past a financing hurdle later this year.

Are you a love refugee?
Sweden

Are you a love refugee?

Every week, we ask a regular panel of readers to discuss a particular aspect of life in Sweden. This week: moving to Sweden for love.

Dalai Lama says unrest possible in Tibet during German visit
Germany

Dalai Lama says unrest possible in Tibet during German visit

One day after receiving a German media prize, exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama warned on Wednesday that the situation in his homeland was "very tense" and that an uprising was possible.

Berlin’s Tempelhof to host 40th anniversary Woodstock concert
Germany

Berlin’s Tempelhof to host 40th anniversary Woodstock concert

Berlin’s iconic Tempelhof airport this August will host a concert marking the 40th anniversary of legendary hippie gathering Woodstock, the Berliner Morgenpost reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Acid attack sends eleven to hospital

Fumes from what police believe to be acid thrown into an apartment near Jönköping in central Sweden have sent 11 people to hospital.

Suspect nabbed in Turkey for girl’s murder
Germany

Suspect nabbed in Turkey for girl’s murder

Turkish police have arrested the main suspect in the murder of eight-year-old Paderborn girl Kardelen in the western Turkish city of Aydin, the German public prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday.

Cairo releases German-Egyptian blogger
Germany

Cairo releases German-Egyptian blogger

German-Egyptian blogger Philip Rizk has been released by Egyptian authorities after being held at an undisclosed location since Friday for taking part in a pro-Palestinian demonstration, his family said early on Wednesday morning.

Reinfeldt urges banks to cut mortgage rates
Sweden

Reinfeldt urges banks to cut mortgage rates

Sweden’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate in half to 1 percent on Wednesday, prompting Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to tell banks to follow suit.

Stockholm anti-fascists admit to mugging right-wing extremist
Sweden

Stockholm anti-fascists admit to mugging right-wing extremist

The Stockholm chapter of Antifascist Action (AFA) admitted on Tuesday that its members had carried out a violent attack against a prominent right-wing extremist in Stockholm.

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Sweden

Warbling opera singer mistaken for assault victim

Police in northern Sweden broke open the door of a hostel on Friday night after they mistook the sound of an opera singer practising her scales for the heartrending screams of a woman under attack.

Bartender faces jail for boy’s booze death
Germany

Bartender faces jail for boy’s booze death

A Berlin bartender faces court on Wednesday for serving a 16-year-old dozens of Tequila shots that led to his death in February 2007.

Carnegie sold by Sweden’s debt office
Sweden

Carnegie sold by Sweden’s debt office

Sweden’s National Debt Office (Riksgälden) has agreed to sell the Carnegie investment bank for a total of 2.28 billion kronor ($276 million), the agency announced on Wednesday.

Germany wakes up to snow
Germany

Germany wakes up to snow

Germans in the eastern and southern parts of the country awoke to blowing snow on Wednesday, as a cold snap snarled morning traffic.

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Sweden

Woman convicted for seducing Swedish teen

A 28-year-old Swedish woman has been sentenced to six months in prison for having forced a boy under the age of 15 to have sex with her.

Holocaust denying bishop told to quickly correct ‘stupidity’
Germany

Holocaust denying bishop told to quickly correct ‘stupidity’

A bishop has been ordered by the head of his ultra-traditionalist Roman Catholic fraternity to retract his denials of the Holocaust, news magazine Der Spiegel reported late on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swede’s Koran sticker shuts down popular Indian ski resort

A Swedish man on a ski holiday in India caused hundreds of angry demonstrators to take to the streets demanding he be punished for putting a sticker with a verse from the Koran on his skis.

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Volvo Group says no to French loan for Renault

Sweden’s Volvo Group has rejected a loan from the French government designed to help the truck maker’s troubled Renault Trucks subsidiary survive the current economic crisis.