German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Thursday said an air strike responsible for the deaths of scores of Afghan civilians in September was ‘not militarily appropriate’ and acknowledged it had been a mistake.
Germany's parliament voted Thursday to extend the mandate of troops serving in Afghanistan for one year but did not lift the upper limit of soldiers, currently set at 4,500.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Thursday they did not expect a perfect agreement at the Copenhagen climate summit but foresaw a major step forward.
The international consortium Crown, which includes former Volvo head Roger Holtback, has submitted a revised offer to buy Volvo Cars.
German child custody laws discriminate against single fathers and should be changed, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday.
Gudrun Schyman, spokeswoman for the Feminist Initiative (FI) political party, hopes participating in the Let’s Dance reality television show will help her waltz right into the Swedish parliament.
National rail provider Deutsche Bahn will soon have competition from cheaper, faster bus coaches if the new government coalition’s plans to remove a long-haul bus ban go through, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Thursday.
Jost Müller-Neuhof from Der Tagesspiegel wonders how Germans can criticise Switzerland’s vote to ban minarets on mosques as an attack on religious freedom yet they blithely accept being told by Christian churches whether they can shop on Sundays or not.
One in four Swedes is in favour of prohibiting the building of more minarets in the country, a new poll shows.
A Swedish bus driver convicted for driving while speaking on a mobile phone and writing in a notebook at the same time has been acquitted of reckless driving by the Swedish Supreme Court.
Organisers of a petition for a referendum to strengthen Bavaria’s porous smoking ban are celebrating on Thursday, as preliminary results show they exceeded the amount of necessary signatures by several hundred thousand.
German industrial giant Siemens said Thursday it suffered a net loss of €1 billion in the last quarter of its 2008/09 fiscal year, and expected the current year to be worse.
Shares in a Swedish biotech firm soared on Wednesday on news that the company had inked a distribution deal in China for its tampons “bathed in human lactic acid bacteria”.
Does the herring lead us into Jansson's temptation or is it the other way around? Elizabeth Dacey-Fondelius has the lowdown on how to prevent your office julbord from ending in yuletide tears.
An overheated laptop battery was the likely cause of a house fire which killed a mother and her four young children in Staffanstorp in southern Sweden in early September.
This Week's Highlights: Tattoos in Berlin, The Pet Shop Boys play Hamburg and Munich gets mediaeval for Christmas.
Following a controversial Swiss referendum to ban mosques with minarets, Christian Democratic state interior ministers in Germany on Thursday recommended Muslims show restraint when building houses of worship.
What’s on in Sweden: Backstreet Boys are back in Stockholm, The Gothia Barber Girls harmonise in Gothenburg and Pete Doherty serenades Malmö.
Curt Bergfors, the founder of Swedish fast food chain Max, has lined up the purchase of the most expensive apartment ever built in Sweden, a piece of property set to leave him with a 52 million kronor ($7.6 million) hole in his pocket.
Paul McCartney kicked off his first European tour in five years Wednesday night in Hamburg, the German city where he first exploded on to the pop scene with the Beatles nearly five decades ago.
Eight students were injured in a chemical laboratory accident on Wednesday night at the University of Karlsruhe, police reported.
The day after scooping up one of Sweden’s most prestigious athletic awards, biathlete Helena Jonsson won the season-opening World Cup 15km race in Östersund in northern Sweden.
Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik said he regretted introducing Tiger Woods to his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren after evidence emerged on Wednesday the golf superstar had an affair with a Las Vegas cocktail waitress.
Hunters in Sweden will be allowed to take aim at wolves for the first time in 45 years following a Riksdag decision to control the predators’ population, wildlife officials said on Wednesday.