December sale or bust for Saab: GM
Sweden

December sale or bust for Saab: GM

Troubled car maker Saab was granted an eleventh hour reprieve on Tuesday as owner General Motors said it would evaluate "expressions of interest" for its Swedish unit.

Swedish Rail Destinations: Berlin
Sweden

Swedish Rail Destinations: Berlin

Berlin's turbulent history has made it one of the most fascinating and exciting cities in the world. And with night trains running from Sweden throughout the Christmas period, it's also very accessible.

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Sweden

Elk, not husband, killed Swedish woman: police

A Swedish man suspected of killing his 63-year-old wife has been exonerated after forensic analysis revealed the woman’s death had been was by an elk.

Germany criticised for Nazi trial double standards
Germany

Germany criticised for Nazi trial double standards

In putting Ukrainian-born John Demjanjuk on trial, Germany has laid itself open to accusations of double standards over pursuing perpetrators of the Holocaust.

US ambassador calls Germany Washington’s most important ally
Germany

US ambassador calls Germany Washington’s most important ally

Philip Murphy, the US ambassador to Germany, has called on Berlin to work closely with Washington to together to tackle challenges ranging from Afghanistan to global warming.

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Sweden

Swedish ‘milkman’ loses breastfeeding battle

Ragnar, 26, has failed in his high profile bid to pump forth milk from his breasts. But there is some consolation for the self-styled "Milkman", who is winging his way to the United States this week for an appearance on The Tyra Banks Show.

Lidl to offer deep discounts on Deutsche Bahn tickets
Germany

Lidl to offer deep discounts on Deutsche Bahn tickets

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn will offer affordable tickets in partnership with discount supermarket Lidl beginning on December 7, they announced on Tuesday.

Gay men may donate blood: health board
Sweden

Gay men may donate blood: health board

Gay men in Sweden are to be permitted to donate blood provided they have not had sex with another man for at least a year, according to a new health board ruling.

Shorter working hours keep lid on joblessness
Germany

Shorter working hours keep lid on joblessness

The Federal Labour Agency said on Tuesday that German unemployment dipped to 7.6 percent of the workforce in November from 7.7 percent the previous month, as government sponsored shorter working hours kept job cuts at bay.

December in Sweden: From candle-head girls to jellied veal
Sweden

December in Sweden: From candle-head girls to jellied veal

The Year in Sweden - December: Journalist Kim Loughran sketches a month by month account of the country he has called home ever since his accidental migration in 1966.

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Sweden

Swedes snapping up more new cars: report

New car sales in Sweden took an unexpected jump in November, signaling a clear upward trend in the market, according to an industry group.

High court deems Berlin shop hours unconstitutional
Germany

High court deems Berlin shop hours unconstitutional

Germany’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled Berlin’s liberal opening hours for shops were unconstitutional, agreeing with Christian churches that Sundays must be protected from allegedly wanton consumerism.

Berlin Wall checkpoint up for auction on eBay
Germany

Berlin Wall checkpoint up for auction on eBay

Just after the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, pieces of the Bornholmer Straße border crossing between East and West Berlin go up for sale Tuesday on internet auction site eBay.

Members flee Church of Sweden in droves
Sweden

Members flee Church of Sweden in droves

The Church of Sweden (Svenska Kyrkan) is bleeding members at an increasingly rapid pace, at the same time as membership rolls in Islamic, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox Christian assemblies are on the rise.

Police ram bike to nab fugitive from Aachen
Germany

Police ram bike to nab fugitive from Aachen

Police on Tuesday apprehended convicted murderer Peter Paul Michalski after five days on the run following a dramatic escape from an Aachen maximum-security prison.

Mercedes-Benz workers protest possible factory move to US
Germany

Mercedes-Benz workers protest possible factory move to US

Metalworkers’ union IG Metall on Tuesday called for workers at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Sindelfingen to protest against the company’s possible plans to move production of its luxury C-Class vehicle to the US by 2014.

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Sweden

Russia bans imports of Swedish meat

Nine Swedish meat processing facilities have had their licences to export to Russia revoked after failing Russian meat inspections carried out last spring.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt hails first day of EU’s Lisbon Treaty

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt welcomed “a new era” for the European Union on Tuesday, the first day the changes laid out in the Lisbon Treaty came into force.

Swedish minister’s infant daughter steals Brussels spotlight
Sweden

Swedish minister’s infant daughter steals Brussels spotlight

Swedish migration minister Tobias Billström lightened the mood at an EU meeting about human trafficking on Monday by sneaking his baby daughter into the proceedings.

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Sweden

Swede listed among world’s most influential thinkers of 2009

Swedish international health and statistics expert Hans Rosling has been named as one of 2009’s Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.

Brandenburg parliament rocked by Stasi scandal
Germany

Brandenburg parliament rocked by Stasi scandal

The vice president of the German state of Brandenburg's parliament and another regional official resigned on Monday following revelations of their past links to the East German secret police.

Germany celebrates 25 years of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’
Germany

Germany celebrates 25 years of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’

Move over Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, Germans prefer British pop duo Wham! to serenade them into the Yuletide spirit. This year they celebrate the 25th anniversary of their favourite holiday song, “Last Christmas.”

‘All hope is not lost for Saab’: official
Sweden

‘All hope is not lost for Saab’: official

The head of Saab Automobile, Jan Åke Jonsson, confirmed that General Motors (GM) is actively looking for new owners for the company’s Swedish division, following a meeting with GM management on Monday.