Deadly bird flu found in Bavarian wild duck
Germany

Deadly bird flu found in Bavarian wild duck

German authorities have discovered the first case of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus this year, the European Commission announced on Tuesday.

Saving Berlin’s tatty temple to art
Germany

Saving Berlin’s tatty temple to art

Berlin’s legendary artist collective Tacheles has long had a tenuous relationship with the building’s owners. Gert-Andreas Oberfell explains why the group is hoping to raise €3.5 million to secure its future in the heart of the German capital.

Lehman losers call for state compensation
Germany

Lehman losers call for state compensation

Around 100 private investors demonstrated in Mainz on Tuesday, calling for compensation of losses they suffered when US investment bank Lehman Brothers went bust last year.

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Germany

Police in eight cities raid premises of suspected Islamists

Police in eight cities across Germany and Belgium raided flats and club houses allegedly connected to an extreme Islamist group on Tuesday.

Financially troubled far-right NPD party faces split
Germany

Financially troubled far-right NPD party faces split

Leaders of the neo-Nazi NPD party have admitted that financial problems, which led to the German parliament cutting off funding, are threatening its existence.

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Sweden

Holocaust survivor denied Swedish pension

Sweden's Supreme Administrative Court (Regeringsrätten) is to consider whether damages paid to a Holocaust survivor by the German state should be deducted from her Swedish pension.

What does Sweden have against rational Nordic energy solutions?
Sweden

What does Sweden have against rational Nordic energy solutions?

Sweden’s continued opposition to a natural gas pipeline running along the floor of the Baltic Sea is more political than it is environmental, but that doesn’t make it any more rational, argues researcher Timo Kivimäki.

Tax agency rejects ‘Dark Knight’ name change
Sweden

Tax agency rejects ‘Dark Knight’ name change

The Swedish National Tax Agency (Skatteverket) has rejected an application from a 19-year-old woman in Stockholm to change her name to Sofia "Dark Knight".

Reward offered for hunter who killed wolf
Germany

Reward offered for hunter who killed wolf

The hunter has become the hunted in Saxony, with a reward of €10,000 being offered for information leading to the prosecution of whoever shot and killed a rare wolf.

Councillor calls for calm as villagers picket rapist’s house
Germany

Councillor calls for calm as villagers picket rapist’s house

Officials from a village near Aachen has appealed for calm after furious neighbours spent every evening last week demonstrating outside the house of a man who spent 20 years in prison for raping three young girls.

Court revokes ban on Swedish wrestler
Sweden

Court revokes ban on Swedish wrestler

Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian is free to return to competition following a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to revoke a ban following his medal protest at the Beijing Olympic games, according to a report in Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

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Sweden

Sweden posts record annual drop in industrial output

Industrial production in Sweden suffered a record year-on-year fall in January, according to new figures released on Tuesday, adding to fears about the health of the Nordic region’s economies.

Sweden proposes divisive fuel tax hike
Sweden

Sweden proposes divisive fuel tax hike

The Swedish government has proposed rises in diesel and vehicle taxes in a move designed to cut carbon emissions.

Schoolbus crash into river bed injures 26
Germany

Schoolbus crash into river bed injures 26

Twenty-one children were injured, four of them seriously on Tuesday morning, when their school bus skidded on new snow, turned over and crashed six metres into a river bed in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg.

German exports plunge
Germany

German exports plunge

German exports plunged 20.7 percent in January - the biggest drop in 16 years - as demand for goods from the world's leading exporter continued to slide amid the global economic slump.

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Sweden

Swedish man found dead after a year

A Swedish man has been found dead in his apartment in Forserum in Småland in southern Sweden. Police in Jönköping believe that the man may have been dead for up to a year.

‘Fake’ universities operating in Sweden
Sweden

‘Fake’ universities operating in Sweden

The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) has issued a warning about two so-called fake universities operating in Sweden. Both universities offer courses up to and including doctoral level.

Child payment from stimulus package delayed until April
Germany

Child payment from stimulus package delayed until April

Families hoping to cash in on the German government’s stimulus package payment of €100 per child will reportedly have to wait until April due to bureaucratic delays.

Lingering winter to bring Germany snow
Germany

Lingering winter to bring Germany snow

Winter will keep its icy grip on much of Germany this week, with snow and sleet expected across large swaths of the country.

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Sweden

Methamphetamine increasingly common in Sweden

Methamphetamine appears to be growing in popularity in Sweden, as both smuggling and reports of abuse of the drug have increased in recent years.

Aerospace group EADS soars into the black
Germany

Aerospace group EADS soars into the black

The Franco-German aerospace group EADS soared back into the black and exceeded expectations on Tuesday by posting a 2008 net profit of €1.572 billion ($1.987 billion).

Hertha’s Voronin proves blonds have more fun in Berlin
Germany

Hertha’s Voronin proves blonds have more fun in Berlin

Ukrainian striker Andrei Voronin is proving blonds do have more fun, especially when they're shipped out of Anfield and into Berlin's historic Olympic Stadium.

Swedish group among Volvo bidders: report
Sweden

Swedish group among Volvo bidders: report

A group of Swedish-led investors may be preparing a bid to buy Volvo Cars, according to media reports.

Swedish chimp’s attacks show primate planning prowess
Sweden

Swedish chimp’s attacks show primate planning prowess

A chimpanzee who collected rocks to throw at visitors to a zoo in eastern Sweden shows that primates plan for the future in ways similar to humans, according to a Swedish researcher.