Boxers pin passenger in mid-air scare
Sweden

Boxers pin passenger in mid-air scare

A Swedish prosecutor is pushing for a longer sentence for a Latvian man who was jailed for eight months after attempting to open a cabin door on board a Ryanair plane. The man was restrained by two professional boxers who happened to be on the same flight.

East German victims lament lack of justice
Germany

East German victims lament lack of justice

The collapse of the Berlin Wall rectified East Germany’s biggest crime. But as David Wroe reports, many of the communist regime’s victims are still seeking justice for other misdeeds two decades later.

Archaeologists recover mediaeval shipwreck from Lake Constance
Germany

Archaeologists recover mediaeval shipwreck from Lake Constance

Archaeologists have finished recovering a 600-year-old ship from Lake Constance discovered near a mediaeval Benedictine abbey, the state of Baden-Württemberg announced on Thursday.

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Sweden

SAS reports profits hike

Scandinavian airline SAS has reported a profit before tax of 114 million kronor ($16.2 million) for the third quarter 2009 up from 110 million kronor in the corresponding period of last year.

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Sweden

Michelin-starred Swedish restaurant to close

Edsbacka Krog, one of only two Swedish restaurants currently in possession of two Michelin stars, is to close, the luxury Stockholm eatery said in a statement on Thursday.

Germans still divided despite backing reunification
Germany

Germans still divided despite backing reunification

Confirming the popular notion that there is still a “Wall in the mind,” a poll revealed Thursday that most Germans believe there is a gulf between the East and West, even though they overwhelmingly support reunification.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt criticizes US climate bill

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Thursday criticized US efforts to adopt new climate change legislation, casting fresh doubt on whether the upcoming Copenhagen conference would result in a binding deal on carbon emission cuts.

Opel workers protest against General Motors
Germany

Opel workers protest against General Motors

Tens of thousands of angry German auto workers protested on Thursday against General Motors' decision to keep its Opel unit – a move called a slap in the face for Chancellor Angela Merkel by the country's media.

Deutsche Telekom Q3 profits defy crisis
Germany

Deutsche Telekom Q3 profits defy crisis

Deutsche Telekom, posted positive results on Thursday that demonstrated its resistance to a global slump and allowed the group to confirm a full-year outlook.

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Sweden

Outrage as civic ‘angel’ sent to prison

Per-Anders Pettersson intervened to save a 66-year-old woman from assault. But instead of being lauded for exercising his civic duty he is now about to start a prison sentence in a case that has sparked outrage in Sweden.

What’s on in Germany: November 5 – 11
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 5 – 11

This Week's Highlights: Moby arrives in Cologne, Juliette Lewis sets up in Munich, and a 'Festival of Freedom' commemorates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The best of Berlin in November
Germany

The best of Berlin in November

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, introduces a laboratory for anarchist art, a new bar serving up classic cocktails and the pioneers of Berlin’s dubstep parties.

Berlin bans neo-Nazi group ‘Frontbann 1924’
Germany

Berlin bans neo-Nazi group ‘Frontbann 1924’

The city of Berlin’s Interior Minister Erhart Körting banned a neo-Nazi group on Thursday morning, as police simultaneously raided the homes of its members, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported.

New transport minister ignites debate over car toll for autobahn
Germany

New transport minister ignites debate over car toll for autobahn

Transportation Minister Peter Ramsauer sparked a row over the introduction of road tolls in Germany on Thursday, flagging higher charges for car drivers then quickly backing off as the debate heated up.

Sweden gives all clear to Baltic Sea gas pipeline
Sweden

Sweden gives all clear to Baltic Sea gas pipeline

The Swedish government on Thursday gave its permission for German firm Nord Stream AG to lay down pipelines for transporting natural gas from Russia to Germany through the Swedish economic zone of the Baltic Sea.

School in swine flu jab drive after young girl dies
Sweden

School in swine flu jab drive after young girl dies

Medical authorities in Haparanda in northern Sweden have begun vaccinating all pupils at a school in the town following the swine flu-related death of an 8-year-old Finnish girl.

Westerwelle arrives in US for talks with Clinton
Germany

Westerwelle arrives in US for talks with Clinton

Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s new foreign minister, arrived in the United States on Wednesday evening for talks with his American counterpart Hillary Clinton. They are expected to discuss the war in Afghanistan and the surprise decision by General Motors not to sell its German unit Opel.

Former East German nudists still letting it all hang out
Germany

Former East German nudists still letting it all hang out

East German nudist culture is still encouraging Teutons to let it all hang out some 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall - and has even attracted fans from the West. AFP's Simon Sturdee reports.

Teen caught in Weener returning from Dutch drug joyride
Germany

Teen caught in Weener returning from Dutch drug joyride

Police officers conducting a routine check on a train arriving in Germany from the Netherlands on Wednesday discovered a 16-year-old boy with €1,850 in “allowance money” and marijuana.

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Sweden

Pesticides found in organic tea

Green herb teas are habitually marketed as offering additional health benefits. But eight of ten popular brands contain chemicals that can be hazardous to health, according to a new analysis by the company Testfakta.

Police suspect murder as woman’s body burns
Sweden

Police suspect murder as woman’s body burns

Police in Stockholm have launched a murder investigation after the charred remains of a woman's body were found outside a residential building in Bandhagen in southern Stockholm on Wednesday evening.

New German drug saves Aussie baby from brain-melting disease
Germany

New German drug saves Aussie baby from brain-melting disease

A "miracle" Australian baby has become the first person cured of a rare and deadly brain-melting condition after doctors gambled on an experimental German drug tested only on mice, they said Thursday.

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Sweden

Morocco expels Swedish diplomat

Morocco on Wednesday ordered the immediate departure of a Swedish diplomat accused of handing over official Moroccan documents to Western Saharan separatists.