Pressure mounts on Guttenberg over air strike
Germany

Pressure mounts on Guttenberg over air strike

German Defence Minister Pressure Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Wednesday faced mounting political pressure over a botched air strike in Afghanistan, following a report he was aware early on it caused several civilian casualties.

The Best of Berlin in December
Germany

The Best of Berlin in December

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, rustles up great design gift ideas, finds a new English-language bookshop and explores Christmas market fun.

Mecklenburg wolves allowed to devour €150,000 in livestock
Germany

Mecklenburg wolves allowed to devour €150,000 in livestock

The five wild wolves in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania can gorge themselves on up to €150,000 worth of sheep and other livestock, Agricultural Minister Till Backhaus said on Wednesday.

Bishop blasts pastor over anal sex outburst
Sweden

Bishop blasts pastor over anal sex outburst

Church of Sweden pastor and gay marriage opponent Dag Sandahl has drawn the ire of senior clergy after launching a foul-mouthed attack on gay sex at an October church summit.

German bonds garner top rating as Greece wavers
Germany

German bonds garner top rating as Greece wavers

The international ratings agency Standard & Poor's stood by its top rating of Germany's sovereign debt on Wednesday, in sharp contrast to a warning issued two days earlier to Greece.

Stralsund restores rare Baroque celestial globe
Germany

Stralsund restores rare Baroque celestial globe

After months of painstaking restoration work, a rare celestial globe dating back to 1715 is returning to the Museum of Cultural History in Stralsund, director Andreas Grüger told The Local on Wednesday.

Axel Springer introduces iPhone apps with monthly fees
Germany

Axel Springer introduces iPhone apps with monthly fees

In an effort to squeeze more money from its internet operations, German publisher Axel Springer AG is introducing iPhone applications with monthly subscription fees for two newspapers. The Bild app will allow users to “shake” the clothes off the paper’s naked front page girls.

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Sweden

Labour market storm subsiding: job agency

The worst appears to be over for the Swedish labour market, according to the country’s employment agency, which projects that unemployment will stop rising in the second half of 2010.

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Sweden

Dozens arrested in Swedish doping raid

Swedish police have arrested 40 people in a nationwide doping raid, according to a statement.

‘Abolish women’s right to vote’: 80,000 Facebook users duped
Sweden

‘Abolish women’s right to vote’: 80,000 Facebook users duped

Swedes received a lesson in the internet’s power for deception when a Facebook group claiming to support heart research suddenly changed into one aimed at scrapping women’s right to vote.

Hopp blackmailer jailed for nearly four years
Germany

Hopp blackmailer jailed for nearly four years

A man accused of trying to blackmail German billionaire Dietmar Hopp for more than €5 million was handed a prison sentence of almost four years on Wednesday by a Heidelberg district court.

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Sweden

Big fat Greek bailout ‘unlikely’: Borg

Sweden’s finance minister Anders Borg warned Greece on Wednesday that European countries were unlikely to help the Mediterranean nation solve its current budget crisis.

Swedish students falling behind in maths: study
Sweden

Swedish students falling behind in maths: study

Swedish high school (gymnasium) students’ skills in maths and physics have declined considerably in the last decade, according to the results of an international study.

What’s on in Germany: December 10 – 16
Germany

What’s on in Germany: December 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: Grandmaster Flash in Munich, Wagner in Hannover, and a festival for nerds in Berlin.

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Sweden

Holmberg leaves hospital in ‘good condition’

Tiger Woods' mother-in-law Barbro Holmberg has been released from a Florida hospital after collapsing from stomach pains at the home of the golfing superstar.

Swedish star: ‘Tiger tried to recruit me as a lover’
Sweden

Swedish star: ‘Tiger tried to recruit me as a lover’

One of Sweden’s top female celebrities is claiming she was approached by an agent on behalf of Tiger Woods about having a fling with the star golfer.

Circus trainer mauled by three tigers in Hamburg
Germany

Circus trainer mauled by three tigers in Hamburg

An animal trainer is in critical condition after he was mauled by three tigers in front of a Hamburg dinner theatre audience on Tuesday evening, according to police.

Volkswagen buys major stake in Suzuki
Germany

Volkswagen buys major stake in Suzuki

In a deal that could accelerate the restructuring of the global automobile industry, German car giant Volkswagen announced on Wednesday it was buying a major stake in Japan's Suzuki.

Holbrooke urges Berlin to increase troops in Afghanistan
Germany

Holbrooke urges Berlin to increase troops in Afghanistan

US special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke recommended that Germany send more troops to Afghanistan in an interview with daily Berliner Zeitung on Wednesday.

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Sweden

‘Segregation can be a good thing’: study

Segregation isn't necessarily a bad thing, according to a new report critical of policies which try to control where immigrants and refugees settle in Sweden.

Germany to accept more foreign academic credentials
Germany

Germany to accept more foreign academic credentials

The German government plans to make the acceptance of foreign academic qualifications easier for immigrants, Education Minister Annette Schavan told daily Passauer Neue Presse on Wednesday.

Inebriated elk terrorizes streets of Södertälje
Sweden

Inebriated elk terrorizes streets of Södertälje

A drunken elk reportedly attacked a pedestrian in the Hölö district of Södertälje south of Stockholm on Tuesday, prompting a response from police.

Bayern thumps Juventus to reach knock-outs
Germany

Bayern thumps Juventus to reach knock-outs

Bayern Munich qualified for the Champions League second round after dominating Juventus for 90 minutes in Turin, Italy, thumping their hosts 4-1 to knock them out of the competition.

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Sweden

Bildt blasts Belarus over student’s expulsion

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bidlt found himself embroiled in a verbal spat with his counterpart from Belarus on Tuesday over the questionable expulsion of a university student due to "poor attendance".