Deutsche Bahn to seal huge rail deal with Qatar
Germany

Deutsche Bahn to seal huge rail deal with Qatar

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is set to sign a contract worth "billions of euros" to build railways in Qatar and Bahrain, a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn told AFP on Friday.

Match-fixing ring rocks European football
Germany

Match-fixing ring rocks European football

Some 200 football matches in nine European countries including at least three Champions League games may have manipulated in a huge match-fixing scandal, German prosecutors said on Friday.

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Germany

Germany’s best Christmas markets

Christmas markets are the best way to get into the Yuletide spirit, German-style. Here, we've compiled a definitive list of the country's top markets. To find out more, read all about the Christmas market tradition here.

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Sweden

Six airports to be sold in turbulent times

The Swedish Airports and Air Navigation Services (LFV) is to sell off six of its airports to municipalities or other local parties in connection with a reorganisation of the company in 2010.

New climate change goals to cost Germany €310 billion
Germany

New climate change goals to cost Germany €310 billion

Germany's ambitious plans to fight climate change will cost Europe's largest economy €310 billion, Manager Magazin reported on Friday.

Editorial feud erects artistic sixteen-metre penis
Germany

Editorial feud erects artistic sixteen-metre penis

In a massive escalation of a long-standing editorial feud, the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung has unveiled an artwork depicting the naked editor-in-chief of its right-wing rival Bild sporting a sixteen-metre penis up the façade of its headquarters.

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Sweden

Teacher charged with sex crimes against pupils

A male high school teacher in Skövde, western Sweden, has been arrested and charged with a string of sexual offences including child rape.

Disabled woman fired for eating pâté meant for patients
Germany

Disabled woman fired for eating pâté meant for patients

A disabled Hannover woman working at a nursing home has been fired after 18 years on the job for eating pâté intended for patients, daily Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Friday.

Liberals call for lower taxes at party congress
Sweden

Liberals call for lower taxes at party congress

Liberal party leader Jan Björklund has rallied members during a speech at the party conference in Växjö calling for lower taxes, developments in nuclear power production and for Sweden to adopt the euro as its currency.

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Sweden

Undertakers face cost of drunken coffin spillage

Two sisters are claiming damages from a firm of funeral directors after their father's coffin was plunged ungracefully into a grave by undertakers unsteady on their feet.

North Korean diplomats’ smuggling scheme up in smoke
Sweden

North Korean diplomats’ smuggling scheme up in smoke

Two North Korean diplomats are being held on suspicion of trying to smuggle 230,000 cigarettes from Russia into Sweden.

France finds lost spy file on young Hitler
Germany

France finds lost spy file on young Hitler

Secret French intelligence service documents on the young Adolf Hitler have surfaced in the country’s national archives, daily Le Monde reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Vellinge changes course to welcome refugee kids

Local politicians who previously voiced their disapproval at a move to house asylum seeker children in Vellinge look set to sign an agreement to invite more children to reside in the municipality in the future.

VW board approves Porsche takeover
Germany

VW board approves Porsche takeover

Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, said on Friday that its supervisory board had cleared the way for its planned takeover of Porsche.

Von der Leyen moots expanded child subsidy for poor families
Germany

Von der Leyen moots expanded child subsidy for poor families

German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen has proposed expanding a monthly child subsidy for low income parents, daily Passauer Neue Presse reported on Friday.

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Sweden

State-run company chiefs enjoy wage hike

Earnings of the bosses of Sweden’s ten biggest state-run companies rose an average of 36 percent between 2004 and 2008, while employees had to settle with a 15 percent increase during the same period.

Defence minister expects Karzai to take action
Germany

Defence minister expects Karzai to take action

NATO countries expect "more than just words" from Afghan President Hamid Karzai after he promised to combat corruption, German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said Thursday.

Springlike highs expected for weekend
Germany

Springlike highs expected for weekend

Anyone planning a weekend outing will enjoy sunshine and springlike temperatures in the coming days as a high pressure system moves over the Alps and into central Germany, the DWD weather service reported on Friday.

Chestnut tree kills pedestrian
Germany

Chestnut tree kills pedestrian

A 47-year-old Frankfurt woman died late on Thursday after a chestnut tree suddenly fell and crushed her, police reported.

Early English learning comes under academic attack
Sweden

Early English learning comes under academic attack

A Liberal Party proposal to make English language learning obligatory in schools from the first grade has been slammed by members of the Swedish Academy who view it as an "unnecessary reinforcement of the status of English.”

Sweden reaches deal over top EU positions
Sweden

Sweden reaches deal over top EU positions

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has announced that Belgian Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy will be the first permanent President of the European Council following negotiations in Brussels on Thursday evening.

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Sweden

Heavily pregnant woman raped in home

A heavily pregnant young woman was raped in her home on the outskirts of Stockholm late on Thursday afternoon.