Sweden hit by blast of late winter snow
Sweden

Sweden hit by blast of late winter snow

A powerful, late-season snowstorm caused a number of traffic headaches in parts of western and central Sweden on Friday.

Deutsche Bahn accused of spying on journalists
Germany

Deutsche Bahn accused of spying on journalists

A spying scandal Deutsche Bahn expanded in scope on Friday to include not just surveillance of employees, but also journalists and scientists who were particularly critical of Germany's state-owned national rail operator.

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Sweden

Swedish teen boy raped by group of men

At least six young men are suspected of raping a 17-year-old boy at a party in Kumla in central Sweden on Saturday night.

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Sweden

No ban on mobile billboards for Stockholm strip clubs

Sweden’s parliament has chosen not to act to stop Stockholm-area strip clubs from driving mobile billboards around the streets of the country’s capital.

Obama confers with Merkel ahead of summit
Germany

Obama confers with Merkel ahead of summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama have agreed to work closely together on an array of important security and economic issues one week before a bilateral summit in Germany.

Man loses unemployment benefits due to begging ‘income’
Germany

Man loses unemployment benefits due to begging ‘income’

A decision to deny a man his unemployment benefits because he was caught panhandling has caused an uproar in Göttingen, where the Lower Saxony state welfare office called for an investigation on Friday.

Total recall for Kronfågel chicken
Sweden

Total recall for Kronfågel chicken

Swedish poultry company Kronfågel announced on Friday it was recalling all of its frozen chicken products following four new reports of glass in Kronfågel frozen chicken packages.

Rosengård: Integration in the eye of the storm
Sweden

Rosengård: Integration in the eye of the storm

Malmö suburb Rosengård has come to symbolise Sweden's struggles with integration. AFP's Marc Preel examines a community grappling with its identity after a winter marred by rioting and clashes with the police.

Commerzbank board takes pay cut after €6.6 billion in losses
Germany

Commerzbank board takes pay cut after €6.6 billion in losses

Germany's second biggest bank, Commerzbank, posted a 2008 net loss of €6.6 billion ($9 billion) on Friday and said its board would take a 65 percent pay cut.

250 tonnes of illegal fireworks seized
Germany

250 tonnes of illegal fireworks seized

Hamburg customs officials said on Friday they had discovered 16 containers containing 250 tonnes of illegal and dangerous fireworks from China.

Swedish teen sex ring trial underway
Sweden

Swedish teen sex ring trial underway

The suspected mastermind of a Swedish teen sex ring hid under a blanket as he entered a Stockholm-area court room on Friday for the first day of his closed-door trial for pimping and a range of other related sex-crimes.

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Sweden

‘It would be cowardly to resign’: union chief

The head of Sweden's Trade Union Confederation (LO), Wanja Lunby-Wedin, has said she has no intention of resigning in the wake of the AMF Pension bonus scandal.

Singer Lionel Richie looking for old home in Berlin
Germany

Singer Lionel Richie looking for old home in Berlin

Grammy Award-winning American singer Lionel Richie wants to make Berlin his second home, according to the German edition of Reader’s Digest on Friday.

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Sweden

Charges in Sweden’s largest insider scandal

Charges were filed on Friday against six men in what is being called the largest insider trading scandal in Swedish history.

Swedish students aim for jobs with Ikea and Google
Sweden

Swedish students aim for jobs with Ikea and Google

Ikea, Google, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are the most popular employers among Swedish students, according to a new survey.

Siemens cutting more workers’ schedules to save cash
Germany

Siemens cutting more workers’ schedules to save cash

German electronics giant Siemens has announced plans to increase the number of workers on part-time schedules to save money during the recession.

Border checks resume for NATO summit
Germany

Border checks resume for NATO summit

Anyone crossing into Germany or France beginning on Friday should not forget their passport. Border controls have been reinstated ahead of next week's NATO summit.

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Sweden

Rumoured Volvo deal halts trading for Chinese automaker

Rumours of a potential deal for troubled Swedish automaker Volvo forced China's largest independent carmaker Geely Automobile to suspend trading of its shares on Friday.

Ballack says Germany needs to dominate Liechtenstein
Germany

Ballack says Germany needs to dominate Liechtenstein

Germany captain Michael Ballack wants a solid win on Saturday when his side tackle European minnows Liechtenstein in a World Cup qualifier following back-to-back home defeats.

Papers join forces to free Swedish journalist
Sweden

Papers join forces to free Swedish journalist

Sweden’s four largest newspapers on Friday jointly launched a massive campaign to push for the release of Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak, who has been imprisoned in Eritrea for 2,742 days.