Top banker urges pay cuts for ‘inflated egos’
Germany

Top banker urges pay cuts for ‘inflated egos’

One of Germany’s top bankers has blasted senior colleagues around the world with a call to end exorbitant bonuses in the banking industry, business newspaper Handelsblatt reported Sunday.

Bakers cook up campaign to fight domestic violence
Germany

Bakers cook up campaign to fight domestic violence

Bakers in the state of Hesse announced on Saturday they were fighting domestic violence by handing out 700,000 bread bags adorned with a slogan encouraging women to speak up on the taboo topic.

Police launch campaign to find terror suspect in Afghanistan
Germany

Police launch campaign to find terror suspect in Afghanistan

Germany’s federal police have taken the unusual step of putting up posters in Afghanistan warning of a German terrorism suspect thought to be hiding in a lawless tribal region, magazine Der Spiegel reported Sunday.

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Sweden

Swedes claim climate conscience: study

Nine in 10 Swedes consider themselves conscious of climate issues. Half suffer a guilty conscience when their actions impact negatively on the environment, according to a new study by the Swedish National Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket).

Germany bids farewell to footballer Robert Enke
Germany

Germany bids farewell to footballer Robert Enke

About 40,000 mourners gathered Sunday to bid farewell to the late footballer Robert Enke at the Hannover 96 stadium, where Enke’s coffin was laid on the centre of the pitch during tearful speeches and music performances.

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Sweden

Swedish businessman murdered in Cambodia

A Swedish businessman has been found dead in Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Embassy officials confirm that local police suspect murder.

Vivienne Dick: ‘Experimentation becomes an important way to resist’
Germany

Vivienne Dick: ‘Experimentation becomes an important way to resist’

Avant-garde Irish filmmaker Vivienne Dick is one of the special guests at this year's Britspotting film festival in Berlin. Ben Knight speaks to the veteran of the halcyon frisson of 1970's New York and economic downturn and creativity.

More economic pain, job losses to come: minister
Germany

More economic pain, job losses to come: minister

The German economy will need at least two more years to regain the strength it had before the global financial crisis struck, Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said on Sunday.

New SPD leaders flag fresh tax approach
Germany

New SPD leaders flag fresh tax approach

The centre-left Social Democrats will rebuild their shattered reputation as a Volkspartei – or “people’s party” – new chairman Sigmar Gabriel announced Sunday, wrapping up the party's conference with a clear signal that there is a new generation in charge.

Guttenberg’s chopper attacked in Afghanistan
Germany

Guttenberg’s chopper attacked in Afghanistan

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s visit to Afghanistan almost turned deadly on Friday when insurgents fired on the helicopter convoy in which he was travelling, Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.

Moderate hierarchy warns Vellinge party cadre
Sweden

Moderate hierarchy warns Vellinge party cadre

The Moderate party secretary Per Schlingmann has warned party members in Skåne in southern Sweden over comments regarding the housing of refugee children at a Vellinge youth hostel.

Swedish museum in Hawaiian skull handover
Sweden

Swedish museum in Hawaiian skull handover

The return of 22 skulls taken from the Hawaiian community in the late 19th century was completed at a ceremony on Saturday at the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm, a museum spokesperson said.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats at record high: poll

The far-right Sweden Democrats enjoy a good margin of support above the four percent threshold required for parliamentary seats and are now bigger than both the Christian Democrat and Centre parties, according to Sifo's November poll.