Death certificate of WWI ace the Red Baron found in Poland
Germany

Death certificate of WWI ace the Red Baron found in Poland

The death certificate of German World War I fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen has turned up in western Poland, the daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported on Saturday.

The Best of the Rhineland in December
Germany

The Best of the Rhineland in December

Bored in Bonn? Confused in Cologne? Depressed in Düsseldorf? Not anymore. This month we inaugurate our partnership with Rhine-online, an English-language guide to what’s going on in the Rhineland.

Westerwelle defends Swiss after minaret ban
Germany

Westerwelle defends Swiss after minaret ban

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Saturday that it was wrong to consider Switzerland a nation of bigots after its vote in favour of a ban on building new mosque minarets.

Opel to cut more than 8,000 jobs, still needs €3.3 billion
Germany

Opel to cut more than 8,000 jobs, still needs €3.3 billion

The Opel restructuring plan is pretty much finished, with around 8,300 jobs set to be cut, according to Nick Reilly, new chairman of General Motors Europe, who talked about it in a telephone conference on Saturday.

Banned footie fan takes complaint to top court
Germany

Banned footie fan takes complaint to top court

Germany's Constitutional Court is set to consider the complaint of a football fan who was banned from all stadiums in the country on the basis of suspicion that he was likely to be violent.

‘No link between mobile phones and cancer’
Sweden

‘No link between mobile phones and cancer’

An extensive, 30-year study, covering virtually everyone in Scandinavia, shows no link between mobile phone use and brain tumours, according to a Reuters report.

Warmer, damper weather to replace chill of last few days
Germany

Warmer, damper weather to replace chill of last few days

The chilly weather of the last few days should disappear on Sunday, to be replaced by a few damper but milder days.

Bisky suggests Left and SPD should make up, possibly even fuse
Germany

Bisky suggests Left and SPD should make up, possibly even fuse

Head of the socialist Left party, Lothar Bisky has proposed building a new relationship with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and even suggested an eventual fusion could be possible.

Swedish aid agency’s finances to be audited
Sweden

Swedish aid agency’s finances to be audited

The Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) – the agency that is responsible for overseeing Sweden’s international aid spending – will be audited after it has already over-spent its budget for this year.

Managing a family is not work: court
Sweden

Managing a family is not work: court

A stay-at-home parent’s activities are not classified as ‘work’, according to the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court (Regeringsrätten).

Nearly seven years prison for child abuser guru Oliver Shanti
Germany

Nearly seven years prison for child abuser guru Oliver Shanti

Supposed spiritual guru Oliver Shanti was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison on Friday, after a Munich court convicted him of 76 counts of child sexual abuse.

US pilot opposed German Afghan attack orders
Germany

US pilot opposed German Afghan attack orders

The US fighter pilots called in by German commanders in Afghanistan for a controversial air strike on two fuel tankers that left many civilians dead questioned their orders several times before attacking.

Queue at psychiatric clinic – man takes own life
Sweden

Queue at psychiatric clinic – man takes own life

The waiting time at Sahlgrenska University Hospital’s psychiatric clinic in Gothenburg was so long that a man in his forties who was seeking help gave up and went home, with the assistance of a close relative. Soon after the man left the house and took his own life.

Fewer obese children in Sweden: report
Sweden

Fewer obese children in Sweden: report

A study commissioned by the National Public Health Institute has found that the number of obese and overweight ten-year-olds is higher in Bollnäs, Västerås and Ystad than in Karlstad and Umeå.