Military costs in Afghanistan outstrip reconstruction spending
Germany

Military costs in Afghanistan outstrip reconstruction spending

Germany has spent three times as much on its military deployment in Afghanistan than reconstruction efforts in the war-torn country over the past two years, according to a recent parliamentary inquiry.

Bush senior to meet Kohl and Gorby in Berlin
Germany

Bush senior to meet Kohl and Gorby in Berlin

Former US President George H.W. Bush will join ex Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl ahead of celebrations in Berlin for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Nuremberg’s star polar bear Flocke headed to the French Riviera
Germany

Nuremberg’s star polar bear Flocke headed to the French Riviera

Nuremberg’s favourite polar bear Flocke is leaving Germany next year for a more glamorous location in the south of France, the city announced on Wednesday.

Nazi guard Demjanjuk fails to stop trial
Germany

Nazi guard Demjanjuk fails to stop trial

John Demjanjuk, accused of assisting in the murder of 27,900 Jews in a Nazi death camp, failed on Wednesday in an attempt to have his trial starting November 30 blocked.

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Sweden

Stockholmers ‘fund the rest of Sweden’: report

Stockholm-area taxpayers help fund the rest of Sweden to the tune of 14 billion kronor ($2 billion) a year as a result of a tax equalization system meant to put the country’s municipalities on an equal financial footing.

Taxiing for takeoff at Berlin’s Tempelhof
Germany

Taxiing for takeoff at Berlin’s Tempelhof

Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport might be closed to air traffic, but Roger Boyes, correspondent for British daily The Times, believes it could still help the German capital soar.

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Sweden

‘What do the Sweden Democrats want to do with us Muslims?’

Anna Waara, chairperson of Swedish Muslims for Peace and Justice, calls for politicians and the media to reject in the strongest possible terms the views expressed in an opinion piece by Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson, in which he refers to Muslims as the greatest threat to Sweden since World War II.

Credit losses dent profits at SEB
Sweden

Credit losses dent profits at SEB

Swedish bank SEB reported a meager operating profit of 388 million kronor ($56 million) for the third quarter, but still managed to beat analysts’ expectations.

European bank approves Saab loan request
Sweden

European bank approves Saab loan request

Saab Automobile has received permission to borrow 4 billion kronor from the European Investment Bank, the bank’s board revealed on Wednesday.

Retiree loses €20,000 in cash on autobahn
Germany

Retiree loses €20,000 in cash on autobahn

A Bavarian retiree lost €20,000 in cash on the autobahn after he laid the money on the bonnet of his car and drove away, police in Rhineland-Palatinate reported on Wednesday.

Starbucks coming to Sweden
Sweden

Starbucks coming to Sweden

Starbucks, the ubiquitous Seattle-based chain of coffee houses, is set to open its first outlet in Sweden.

More Swedish women surfing the web for sex: study
Sweden

More Swedish women surfing the web for sex: study

Surfing the web in search of sexual content is one of the ten fastest growing internet activities in Sweden – especially among women, a new study shows.

Merkel to get swine flu vaccine for ‘the public’
Germany

Merkel to get swine flu vaccine for ‘the public’

A row in Germany over a "two-tier" swine flu vaccination programme has prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel to say she'll get the jab meant for the public rather than one reserved for "essential workers."

Two more helicopter heist suspects arrested
Sweden

Two more helicopter heist suspects arrested

Two more men have been detained in connection with last month’s spectacular helicopter robbery of a cash depot in Västberga south of Stockholm.

Deutsche Bank earnings soar in third quarter
Germany

Deutsche Bank earnings soar in third quarter

More than a year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank profits soared to €1.4 billion in the third quarter.

Malmö meter maids get spy cams in caps
Sweden

Malmö meter maids get spy cams in caps

Parking attendants in Malmö are to have miniature video cameras attached to their caps as part of a bid to increase the safety of members of a profession often exposed to threats and harassment.

Merkel praises Karzai for agreeing to runoff
Germany

Merkel praises Karzai for agreeing to runoff

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised Afghan President Hamid Karzai for agreeing to a runoff election after auditors uncovered massive fraud in the country’s August poll.

Criminal charges filed in Deutsche Bahn employee spying case
Germany

Criminal charges filed in Deutsche Bahn employee spying case

The new management of German national railway Deutsche Bahn has submitted criminal charges to the public prosecutor’s office over a scandal involving internal company spying, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Nurses’s moist wipe helps drunken driver escape conviction

A 36-year-old Swedish man who confessed to driving while drunk has been acquitted because of uncertainty caused by the way a nurse took a blood sample.

New German technology could allow liquids on planes again
Germany

New German technology could allow liquids on planes again

German scientists said on Tuesday they have developed a new technology that could allow air passengers to take liquids on planes again by instantly being able to tell if they are explosive.

Veiled women subjected to daily abuse: study
Sweden

Veiled women subjected to daily abuse: study

Shoving, spitting, and ethnic slurs are a daily fact of life facing women bearing headscarves in Malmö, according to a new report.

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Sweden

Acquittal for boy who sent naked pics of his ex

A Swedish teenage boy who sent naked pictures of his ex-girlfriend to his friends has had his conviction overturned upon appeal.

Sevilla humble Stuttgart at home
Germany

Sevilla humble Stuttgart at home

VfB Stuttgart's run in the Champions League looked close to over on Tuesday night, after Spanish club Sevilla humbled the Bundesliga side 3-1.