Officer from Polanski’s ‘Pianist’ honoured
Germany

Officer from Polanski’s ‘Pianist’ honoured

The German officer made famous by the prize-winning film "The Pianist" has been posthumously recognised for his role in helping Jews during World War II, Israel's Holocaust memorial said Monday.

The FDP’s Karneval conspiracy
Germany

The FDP’s Karneval conspiracy

With the Rhineland gearing up for Karneval this week and Germany’s pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) riding high in opinion polls, Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, uncovers a stunning conspiracy at the highest levels of government.

Vandalism costs transport authority 110 million kronor
Sweden

Vandalism costs transport authority 110 million kronor

Graffiti and vandalism cost Stockholm county transport authority SL 110 million kronor ($13 million) last year, new figures show.

Althaus will not be questioned in ski death
Germany

Althaus will not be questioned in ski death

Police may not question Thuringia’s state premier Dieter Althaus in their investigation of the New Year’s Day ski accident that left a 41-year-old Slovakian woman dead and Althaus with a severe brain injury, according to daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday.

Court upholds university tuition fees in Baden-Württemberg
Germany

Court upholds university tuition fees in Baden-Württemberg

A court in Baden-Württemberg dealt a blow to public university students on Monday when it ruled that tuition fees of €500 per semester in the German state are lawful.

Pirate Bay chiefs deny illegal downloading
Sweden

Pirate Bay chiefs deny illegal downloading

Four people who run one of the world's leading file-sharing websites denied any wrongdoing as they went on trial in Stockholm on Monday for facilitating illegal downloads of copyrighted material.

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Sweden

Medics upset over ‘gender-based’ abortion

A doctor in Sweden has asked health authorities for clarification after a woman twice had abortions carried out upon learning her fetuses were girls.

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Sweden

Gothenburg woman on trial for ordering ‘hit’ against son-in-law

A well-known Gothenburg businesswoman who hired two hitmen to assault her son-in-law contends she should have the charges against her dropped because she never followed through on the order.

State officials discuss splitting Opel from GM
Germany

State officials discuss splitting Opel from GM

German state governments are working to split car manufacturer Opel from the ailing US parent General Motors, daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Monday.

BMW slashes 850 UK jobs at Mini
Germany

BMW slashes 850 UK jobs at Mini

German automaker BMW said on Monday that it would shed 850 workers in England who help to make the Mini as the economic crisis hits demand for the iconic car, celebrating its 50th birthday in 2009.

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Sweden

Swedes sought in Germany following neo-Nazi violence

Police in Germany have issued an arrest warrant for three Swedes suspected in a roadside attack by a group of neo-Nazis against left-wing activists in eastern Germany on Saturday.

Life sentence upheld for German murderer of Swedish kids
Germany

Life sentence upheld for German murderer of Swedish kids

German woman Christine Schürrer has had her life sentence upheld by the Court of Appeal for the murders of two young children in Arboga, Sweden last year.

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Sweden

Swedish wrestler loses bid to have Olympic bronze reinstated

The sporting world’s highest court on Monday rejected an appeal by Swedens’ Ara Abrahamian to have his Olympic bronze medal for wrestling reinstated.

Berlin appoints special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Germany

Berlin appoints special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Germany on Monday followed the lead of the US and Britain in announcing the appointment of a special envoy for two countries increasingly seen as part of the same problem: Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Five injured in neo-Nazi attack near Dresden
Germany

Five injured in neo-Nazi attack near Dresden

Five people were injured on Saturday evening when a group of neo-Nazis attacked two buses full of left-wing activists at a motorway rest stop after more than 10,000 people protested a massive far-right demonstration in Dresden.

Heavy snow makes for messy Monday morning traffic
Germany

Heavy snow makes for messy Monday morning traffic

Heavy snowfall across Germany caused traffic problems on Monday morning with numerous accidents, flight delays and cancellations.

Dating in Sweden: sex, booze and mobile phones
Sweden

Dating in Sweden: sex, booze and mobile phones

This guide may not help you find someone to kiss on Valentine's Day, but it might just shed some light on the tantalizing mystery known as the strong, silent Nordic type.

Picture special: Stockholm Fashion Week
Sweden

Picture special: Stockholm Fashion Week

Check out all the latest from the city's catwalks as Sweden's top models don the latest collections at the country's premier fashion event.

Life sentence upheld for Arboga killer
Sweden

Life sentence upheld for Arboga killer

German woman Christine Schürrer has had her life sentence upheld by the Court of Appeal for the murders of two young children in Arboga last year.

Pirate Bay trial underway in Stockholm
Sweden

Pirate Bay trial underway in Stockholm

The trial against the four men behind the popular file sharing site The Pirate Bay started in Stockholm district court on Monday.

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Sweden

Man assaulted with axe outside Swedish hospital

A man leaving an emergency room in Varberg in western Sweden on Sunday night was forced to readmit himself after being attacked by axe-wielding robbers near the hospital.

Union calls for strikes as state wage talks fail
Germany

Union calls for strikes as state wage talks fail

Frank Bsirske, head of public workers' trade union Verdi, has called for more strikes after a third round of wage negotiations with German states failed on Saturday.

Swedish intelligence official quits over wiretapping law
Sweden

Swedish intelligence official quits over wiretapping law

A high-ranking Moderate Party politician and former defence minister has resigned from his post as head of Sweden’s intelligence oversight agency in protest against the country’s controversial wiretapping law.

Merkel says nationalising Hypo Real Estate bank an option
Germany

Merkel says nationalising Hypo Real Estate bank an option

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had not ruled out nationalising the troubled Hypo Real Estate (HRE) bank as a last resort, during a television interview on Sunday evening.

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Sweden

Sweden: no collapse in Saab talks with GM

The Swedish government denied reports in a breakdown in talks between beleaguered US automaker General Motors (GM) and Sweden over the future of Saab.