Parliament to investigate deadly Kunduz air strike
Germany

Parliament to investigate deadly Kunduz air strike

German lawmakers voted Wednesday to investigate a deadly air strike in Afghanistan that reportedly killed dozens of civilians amid a cover-up that forced Germany's top soldier to resign.

Leipzig University celebrates 600th anniversary amid student protests
Germany

Leipzig University celebrates 600th anniversary amid student protests

The University of Leipzig celebrated its 600th anniversary on Wednesday, as German President Horst Köhler warned the country’s educational system was “chronically underfinanced.”

Jewish leader says Swiss vote shows Europe’s growing anti-Muslim views
Germany

Jewish leader says Swiss vote shows Europe’s growing anti-Muslim views

An official from the German Jewish Council warned on Wednesday that Switzerland’s vote to ban mosques with minarets was an expression of Europe's deep-seated aversion to Islam that was aggravating the integration of Muslims.

Germans go Google gaga for Megan Fox
Germany

Germans go Google gaga for Megan Fox

Hollywood’s raven-haired beauty Megan Fox has edged out Britney Spears as the most googled person in Germany, according to the company’s “Zeitgeist 2009” list released this week.

Jeans ‘made in North Korea’ set to hit store shelves in Sweden
Sweden

Jeans ‘made in North Korea’ set to hit store shelves in Sweden

A trio of young Swedish entrepreneurs will on Friday launch what it calls the first-ever brand of North Korea-made jeans.

Tourist arrested at Disney World for fake bomb threat
Germany

Tourist arrested at Disney World for fake bomb threat

A German tourist has been arrested at the gates of Florida’s Walt Disney World for making a joke about carrying bombs into the amusement park, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

Unions ordered to pay for Vaxholm blockade
Sweden

Unions ordered to pay for Vaxholm blockade

Two Swedish trade unions have been ordered to pay 2.7 million kronor ($392,000) to a Latvian construction company whose 2004 project in Vaxholm in eastern Sweden was interrupted by a union blockade.

Dutch luxury carmaker confirms interest in Saab
Sweden

Dutch luxury carmaker confirms interest in Saab

A second niche luxury sports carmaker, Spyker, has confirmed it is interested in buying Saab Automobile.

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Sweden

EU closes in on banking oversight deal: Borg

Sweden’s finance minister Anders Borg said on Wednesday that the EU was closer to a agreeing to a new set of measures for policing banks and financial institutions across national borders.

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Sweden

‘Coldplay con man’ caught in Stockholm

A 27-year-old man from Stockholm who claimed he was a famous rock star managed to swindle nearly 250,000 kronor ($36,300) from unsuspecting victims.

Critics say Merkel’s tax cuts for hotels could stimulate sex trade
Germany

Critics say Merkel’s tax cuts for hotels could stimulate sex trade

Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats are worried proposed cuts in hotel sales tax could boost prostitution by making hourly establishments cheaper, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Brüderle demands banks boost business lending
Germany

Brüderle demands banks boost business lending

German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle pressed banks on Wednesday to increase lending as the government named a "credit mediator" to boost the number of business loans.

White power groups on the increase: report
Sweden

White power groups on the increase: report

Sweden’s white power movement is in the midst of a transformation, according to a new report, which also found right-wing extremist organizations within the movement have been more active recently than in previous years.

Mercedes-Benz moves C-Class production to Alabama
Germany

Mercedes-Benz moves C-Class production to Alabama

Production of the Mercedes-Benz luxury C-Class line will move from Germany to Tuscaloosa, Alabama by 2014, parent company Daimler AG announced on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Elin Woods did not club Tiger: lawyer

A Florida lawyer has said Tiger Woods did not look like he was beaten up by his wife after he emerged from a car crash last week.

US wants up to 2,500 more German troops
Germany

US wants up to 2,500 more German troops

The US expects Germany to contribute up to another 2,500 troops to the NATO mission in Afghanistan, daily Bild reported on Wednesday following US President Barack Obama’s major policy speech.

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Sweden

Preschool teacher held for alleged sexual abuse

A preschool teacher at an independent Christian school in Jönköping in south central Sweden is in custody on suspicions of having sexually abused several children.

Germany still paying off WWI reparations
Germany

Germany still paying off WWI reparations

More than 90 years after Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles to end the First World War, the country continues to pay off reparations, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

Hertha boss admits club in worst crisis of the decade
Germany

Hertha boss admits club in worst crisis of the decade

Hertha Berlin's general manager Michael Preetz has admitted the Bundesliga's capital club is facing its biggest crisis of the last 12 years as they battle to stay afloat.

H&M hands out free panties to promote new lingerie line
Sweden

H&M hands out free panties to promote new lingerie line

Swedish discount fashion retailer H&M gave away women's undies to guests attending the Paris launch of a new lingerie line designed by French designer Sonia Rykiel.

Sweden hails month- long Saab reprieve
Sweden

Sweden hails month- long Saab reprieve

Union and government representatives in Sweden welcomed the Tuesday announcement by General Motors (GM) that the company was exploring "expressions of interest" from potential buyers for Saab Automobile.